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 :: 1672-1729, British Dramatist, Essayist, Editor

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A healthy old fellow, who is not a fool, is the happiest creature living.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Age and Aging]

 

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A little in drink, but at all times your faithful husband.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Husbands]

 

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Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Gossip]

 

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I cannot think of any character below the flatterer, except he who envies him.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Flattery]

 

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I know of no manner of speaking so offensive as that of giving praise, and closing it with an exception.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Praise]

 

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It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Dullness]

 

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Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty; without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Modesty]

 

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Praise from an enemy is the most pleasing of all commendations.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Praise]

 

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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.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Books and Reading]

 

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Simplicity of all things is the hardest to be copy.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Imitation]

 

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That man never grows old who keeps a child in his heart.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Age and Aging]

 

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The fool within himself is the object of pity, until he is flattered.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Fools and Foolishness]

 

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The insupportable labor of doing nothing.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Idleness]

 

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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.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Marriage]

 

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To behold her is an immediate check to loose behavior; to love her is a liberal education.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Women]

 

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To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Beauty]

 

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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.
~ Sir Richard Steele - [Service]

 

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