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- Though her mien carries much more invitation than command, to behold her is an immediate check to loose behavior; to love her is a liberal education.
- On Lady Elizabeth Hastings, in Tatler (1709-1711), no. 49
- Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
- Tatler (1709-1711), no. 147
Letters to His Wife (1707-1712)
- I am come to a tavern alone to eat a steak, after which I shall return to the office.
- 28 October 1707
- I was going home two hours ago, but was met by Mr. Griffith, who has kept me ever since. I will come within a pint of wine.
- Eleven at night, 5 January 1708
- A little in drink, but at all times yr faithful husband.
- 27 September 1708
- The finest woman in nature should not detain me an hour from you; but you must sometimes suffer the rivalship of the wisest men.
- 17 September 1712
The Spectator (1711-1714)
- When you fall into a man's conversation, the first thing you should consider is, whether he has a greater inclination to hear you, or that you should hear him.
- No. 49 (26 April 1711)
- Of all the affections which attend human life, the love of glory is the most ardent.
- No. 139 (9 August 1711)
- Age in a virtuous person, of either sex, carries in it an authority which makes it preferable to all the pleasures of youth.
- No. 153 (25 August 1711)
- Among all the diseases of the mind there is not one more epidemical or more pernicious than the love of flattery.
- No. 238 (3 December 1711)
- Will Honeycomb calls these over-offended ladies the outrageously virtuous.
- No. 266 (4 January 1712)
- A favor well bestowed is almost as great an honor to him who confers it as to him who receives it.
- No. 497 (30 September 1712)
- No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience…
- No. 544 (24 November 1712)
Quotes about Richard Steele
- If there is a verity in wine, according to the old adage, what an amiable-natured character Dick's must have been! In proportion as he took in wine he overflowed with kindness.
- I think Steele shone rather than sparkled.
- W.M. Thackeray. The History of Henry Esmond. Book 2, Chapter 11.