The temperately revengeful have leisure to weigh the merits of the cause, and thereby either to smother their secret resentments, or to seek adequate reparations for the damages they have sustained.
RICHARD STEELE, The Guardian, August 8, 1713
It may be remarked in general, that the laugh of men of wit is for the most part but a feint, constrained kind of half-laugh, as such persons are never without some diffidence about them; but that of fools is the most honest, natural, open laugh in the world.
RICHARD STEELE, The Guardian, Apr. 14, 1713
I know no manner of speaking so offensive as that of giving praise, and closing it with an exception.
RICHARD STEELE, The Tatler, November 10, 1709
The painter is, as to the execution of his work, a mechanic; but as to his conception, his spirit, and design, he is hardly below even the poet in liberal art.
RICHARD STEELE, The Guardian, March 12, 1713
A modest person seldom fails to gain the goodwill of those he converses with, because nobody envies a man who does not appear to be pleased with himself.
RICHARD STEELE, The Guardian, April 8, 1713
A piece of news loses its flavor when it hath been an hour in the air. I love, if I may so speak, to have it fresh from the tree, and to convey it to my friends before it is faded.
RICHARD STEELE, The Spectator, No. 625
Modesty never rages, never murmurs, never pouts; when it is ill-treated, it pines, it beseeches, it languishes.
RICHARD STEELE, The Tatler, August 29, 1710