Richard Steele Quotes

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Richard Steele Quote: “Modesty never rages, never murmurs, never pouts; when it is ill-treated, it pines, it beseeches, it languishes.”


Richard Steele Quote: “Will. Honeycomb calls these over-offended ladies the outrageously virtuous.”

Richard Steele Quote: “Among all the diseases of the mind there is not one more epidemical or more pernicious than the love of flattery.”

Richard Steele Quote: “It is a certain sign of an ill heart to be inclined to defamation. They who are harmless and innocent can have no gratification that way; but it ever arises from a neglect of what is laudable in a man’s self.”

Richard Steele Quote: “Since our persons are not of our own making, when they are such as appear defective or uncomely, it is, methinks, an honest and laudable fortitude to dare to be ugly.”


Richard Steele Quote: “Conversation never sits easier upon us than when we now and then discharge ourselves in a symphony of laughter, which may not improperly be called the chorus of conversation.”

Richard Steele Quote: “Simplicity of all things is the hardest to be copy.”

Richard Steele Quote: “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.”

Richard Steele Quote: “A man cannot have an idea of perfection in another, which he was never sensible of in himself.”

Richard Steele Quote: “Nothing is more silly than the pleasure some people take in “speaking their minds.” A man of this make will say a rude thing for the mere pleasure of saying it, when an opposite behavior, full as innocent, might have preserved his friend, or made his fortune.”


Richard Steele Quote: “It is a very melancholy reflection that men are usually so weak that it is absolutely necessary for them to know sorrow and pain to be in their right senses.”

Richard Steele Quote: “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.”

Richard Steele Quote: “There is hardly that person to be found who is not more concerned for the reputation of wit and sense, than honesty and virtue.”

Richard Steele Quote: “A little in drink, but at all times your faithful husband.”

Richard Steele Quote: “Vanity makes people ridiculous, pride odious, and ambition terrible.”

Richard Steele Quote: “The survivorship of a worthy man in his son is a pleasure scarce inferior to the hopes of the continuance of his own life.”

Richard Steele Quote: “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 Quote: “Pride destroys all symmetry and grace, and affectation is a more terrible enemy to fine faces than the small-pox.”

Richard Steele Quote: “Since we cannot promise our selves constant health, let us endeavour at such temper as may be our best support in the decay of it.”

Richard Steele Quote: “Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.”

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