Richard Steele biography

Richard Steele


1672 – 1729


Who was Richard Steele?

Sir Richard Steele was an Irish writer and politician, remembered as co-founder, with his friend Joseph Addison, of the magazine The Spectator.

Famous Quotes:

  • To behold her is an immediate check to loose behavior; to love her is a liberal education.
  • 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.
  • It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.
  • Praise from an enemy is the most pleasing of all commendations.
  • The insupportable labor of doing nothing.
  • That man never grows old who keeps a child in his heart.
  • Zeal for the public good is the characteristic of a man of honor and a gentleman, and must take the place of pleasures, profits and all other private gratification.
  • I know of no manner of speaking so offensive as that of giving praise, and closing it with an exception.
  • Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch.
  • A healthy old fellow, who is not a fool, is the happiest creature living.


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Mar 1, 1672
Also known as
  • Стил, Ричард
  • Merton College, Oxford
  • Charterhouse School
Lived in
  • County Dublin
Sep 1, 1729

on July 23, 2013

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