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The marriage state, with and without the affection suitable to it, is the completest image of Heaven and Hell we are capable of receiving in this life.

RICHARD STEELE, The Spectator, Sep. 1712

How few there are who are furnished with abilities sufficient to recommend their actions to the admiration of the world, and distinguish themselves from the rest of mankind.

RICHARD STEELE, The Spectator, Dec. 22, 1711

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


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