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Sir Richard Steele
Irish-born essayist, dramatist, politician and co-founder of The Spectator magazine
(1672-1729)



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Women dissemble their Passions better than Men, but Men subdue their Passions better than Women.
-- The Lover, 9

No Woman of spirit thinks a Man hath any Respect for her 'till he hath plaid the, Fool in her Service.
-- The Lover, 17

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.
-- Speaking of Lady Elizabeth Hastings in The Tatler (1709-1711), No. 49

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
-- The Tatler (1709-1711), No. 147

The insupportable labour of doing nothing.
-- The Spectator (1711-1714), No. 54

There are so few who can grow old with a good grace.
-- The Spectator (1711-1714), No. 263

Will Honeycomb calls these over-offended ladies the outrageously virtuous.
-- The Spectator (1711-1714), No. 266


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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