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SIR RICHARD STEELE
Irish essayist, dramatist and politician
(1672 - 1729)
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It is wonderful indeed to consider how many objects the eye is fitted to take in at once, and successively in an instant, and at the same time to make a judgment of their position, figure, and color. It watches against our dangers, guides our steps, and lets in all the visible objects, whose beauty and variety instruct and delight.
      - [Eyes]

Knowledge of books is like that sort of lantern which hides him who carries it, and serves only to pass through secret and gloomy paths of his own; but in the possession of a man of business it is as a torch in the hand of one who is willing and able to show those who are bewildered the way which leads to their prosperity and welfare.
      - [Books]

Laughter is the chorus of conversation.
      - [Laughter]

Many take pleasure in spreading abroad the weakness of an exalted character.
      - [Weakness]

Men of courage, men of sense, and men of letters are frequent; but a true gentleman is what one seldom sees.
      - [Gentlemen]

Men spend their lives in the service of their passions, instead of employing their passions in the service of their lives.
      - [Passion]

Modesty never rages, never murmurs, never pouts when it is ill-treated.
      - [Modesty]

Nothing can atone for the want of modesty, without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.
      - [Modesty]

Nothing is more silly than the pleasure some people take in "speaking their minds." A man of this make will say a rude thing for the mere pleasure of saying it, when an opposite behavior, full as innocent, might have preserved his friend, or made his fortune.
      - [Rudeness]

Of all mortals a critic is the silliest; for, inuring himself to examine all things whether they are of consequence or not, never looks upon anything but with a design of passing sentence upon it; by which means he is never a companion, but always a censor.
      - [Critics]

One common calamity makes men extremely affect each other, though they differ in every other particular.
      - [Sympathy]

One of the old philosophers calls beauty a silent fraud, because it imposes upon us without the help of language. But I think Carneades spoke as much like a philosopher as any of them, though more like a lover, when he called it "royalty without force."
      - [Beauty]

Our self-love is ever ready to revolt from our better judgment, and join the enemy within.
      - [Self-love]

Pedantry proceeds from much reading and little understanding.
      - [Pedantry]

People are not aware of the very great force which pleasantry in company has upon all those with whom a man of that talent converses.
      - [Good Humor]

Pleasure makes our youth inglorious, our age shameful.
      - [Pleasure]

Pleasure seizes the whole man who addicts himself to it, and will not give him leisure for any good office in life which contradicts the gayety of the present hour.
      - [Pleasure]

Pleasure, when it is a man's chief purpose, disappoints itself; and the constant application to it palls the faculty of enjoying it, though it leaves the sense of our inability for that we wish, with a disrelish of everything else.
      - [Satiety]

Pride, in some particular disguise or other--often a secret to be proud himself--is the most ordinary spring of action among men.
      - [Pride]

Simplicity, of all things, is the hardest to be copied.
      - [Simplicity]

Socrates, who is by all accounts the undoubted head of the sect of the hen-pecked, owed, and acknowledged that he owed, a great part of his virtue to the exercise his useful wife constantly gave him.
      - [Wedlock]

That man never grows old who keeps a child in his heart.
      - [Aging]

The Christian world has a Leader, the contemplation of whose life and sufferings must administer comfort in affliction, while the sense of His power and omnipotence must give them humiliation in prosperity.
      - [Christ]

The envious man is in pain upon all occasions which ought to give him pleasure. The relish of his life is inverted; and the objects which administer the highest satisfaction to those who are exempt from this passion give the quickest pangs to persons who are subject to it. All the perfections of their fellow creatures are odious. Youth, beauty, valor and wisdom are provocations of their displeasure. What a wretched and apostate state is this! to be offended with excellence, and to hate a man because we approve him!
      - [Envy]

The gifts of Nature and accomplishments of art are valuable but as they are exerted in the interests of virtue or governed by the rules of honor.
      - [Greatness]


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