Quotes by Sir Richard Steele

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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.

Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip.
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.
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 know of no manner of speaking so offensive as that of giving praise, and closing it with an exception.
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.
Simplicity of all things is the hardest to be copy.
The insupportable labor of doing nothing.
A little in drink, but at all times your faithful husband.
The fool within himself is the object of pity, until he is flattered.
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.
To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.
A healthy old fellow, who is not a fool, is the happiest creature living.
That man never grows old who keeps a child in his heart.
To behold her is an immediate check to loose behavior; to love her is a liberal education.