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  • Age in a virtuous person, of either sex, carries in it an authority which makes it preferable to all the pleasures of youth.
    (Richard Steele)

  • Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools.
    (Richard Steele)

  • A Woman is naturally more helpless than the other Sex; and a Man of Honour and Sense should have this in his View in all Manner of Commerce with her.
    (Richard Steele)

  • There is no Pleasure like that of receiving Praise from the Praiseworthy.
    (Richard Steele)

  • Will. Honeycomb calls these over-offended ladies the outrageously virtuous.
    (Richard Steele)


  • Simplicity, of all things, is the hardest to be copied.
    (Richard Steele)

  • Women dissemble their passions better than men, but men subdue their passions better than women.
    (Richard Steele)

  • They that live in a trading street are not disturbed at the passage of carts
    (Richard Steele)

  • Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.
    (Richard Steele)

  • A little in drink, but at all times your faithful husband.
    (Richard Steele)

  • The conquest of passion gives ten times more happiness than we can reap from the gratification of it
    (Richard Steele)

  • The fool within himself is the object of pity, until he is flattered.
    (Richard Steele)

  • I know of no manner of speaking so offensive as that of giving praise, and closing with an exception.
    (Richard Steele)

  • The truth of it is, the first rudiments of education are given very indiscreetly by most parents
    (Richard Steele)

  • Zeal for the public good is the characteristic of a man of honor and a gentleman, and must take the place of pleasures, profits and all other private gratifications.
    (Richard Steele)


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