Richard Steele Quotes (31 Quotes)

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

    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.

    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.

    There is no Pleasure like that of receiving Praise from the Praiseworthy.

    Will. Honeycomb calls these over-offended ladies the outrageously virtuous.

    Simplicity, of all things, is the hardest to be copied.

    Women dissemble their passions better than men, but men subdue their passions better than women.

    They that live in a trading street are not disturbed at the passage of carts

    Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.

    A little in drink, but at all times your faithful husband.

    The conquest of passion gives ten times more happiness than we can reap from the gratification of it

    The fool within himself is the object of pity, until he is flattered.

    I know of no manner of speaking so offensive as that of giving praise, and closing with an exception.

    The truth of it is, the first rudiments of education are given very indiscreetly by most parents

    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.

    Though her mien carries much more invitation than command, to behold her is an immediate check to loose behaviour to love her was a liberal education.

    Inquisitive people are merely funnels of conversation. They do not take anything for their own use, but merely to pass it on to others.

    The married state, with and without the affection suitable to it, is the completest image of heaven and hell we are capable of receiving in this life.

    That man never grows old who keeps a child in his heart.

    A woman seldom writes her mind but in her postscript.

    To be exempt from the Passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing Solitude.

    Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.

    Praise from an enemy is the most pleasing of all commendations.

    I cannot think of any character below the flatterer, except he who envies him.

    It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.

    I look upon it as a Point of Morality, to be obliged by those who endeavour to oblige me.

    To behold her is an immediate check to loose behavior to love her is a liberal education.

    I have often lamented that we cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can close our eyes.

    It is an endless and frivolous Pursuit to act by any other Rule than the Care of satisfying our own Minds in what we do.

    Reading is to the mind what exercising is to the body.

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