Richard Steele

British playwright and politician (1672-1729)

Sir Richard Steele (baptized 12 March 16721 September 1729) was an Irish writer and politician, famous for co-founding The Spectator magazine with his friend Joseph Addison.

A favor well bestowed is almost as great an honor to him who confers it as to him who receives it.

QuotesEdit

 
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.
  • 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)Edit

 
No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.
  • 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)Edit

  • 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)

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