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

— Sir Richard Steele

The most authentic Sir Richard Steele quotes that will inspire your inner self

Simplicity of all things is the hardest to be copy.

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To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.

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

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A healthy old fellow, who is not a fool, is the happiest creature living.

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

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

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

It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch.

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

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The insupportable labor of doing nothing.

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

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

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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 gratification.

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About Sir Richard Steele

Quotes 17 sayings
Birthday October 16

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

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

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

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The marriage 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.

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