Quotation by Richard Steele

Innocence of Life and great Ability were the distinguishing Parts of his Character; the latter, he had often observed, had led to the Destruction of the former, and used frequently to lament that Great and Good had not the same Signification.
Richard Steele (1672–1729), British author. Sir Roger de Coverley, in The Spectator, No. 109 (1711).

Said of the ancestor of the character Sir Roger de Coverley, a country gentleman.
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