Will. Honeycomb calls these over-offended ladies the outrageously virtuous.
Sir Richard Steele (1672 - 1729)
Source: Spectator. No. 266.
Contributed by: Zaady
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 gratifications.
To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty.
Though her mien carries much more invitation than command, to behold her is an immediate check to loose behaviour; to love her was a liberal education.
Source: Tatler. No. 49.
I know of no manner of speaking so offensive as that of giving praise, and closing with an exception.
Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools.
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