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Richard Steele

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

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

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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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