Richard Steele Quotes

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

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

Richard Steele Quote: “A Daughter: The companion, the friend, and the confidant of her mother, and the object of a pleasure something like the love between the angels to her father.”

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


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

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


Richard Steele Quote: “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.”

Richard Steele Quote: “People spend their lives in the service of their passions instead of employing their passions in the service of their lives.”

Richard Steele Quote: “Pleasure, when it is a man’s chief purpose, disappoints itself; and the constant application to it palls the faculty of enjoying it.”

Richard Steele Quote: “The fool within himself is the object of pity, until he is flattered.”

Richard Steele Quote: “I know of no manner of speaking so offensive as that of giving praise, and closing it with an exception.”

Richard Steele Quote: “There is no Pleasure like that of receiving Praise from the Praiseworthy.”

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: “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: “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.”

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