Quote by Richard Steele
Nothing can atone for the lack of modesty without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.
This quote suggests that beauty and wit alone are not enough to be truly appealing. The lack of modesty renders beauty ungraceful and wit repugnant. Modesty is seen as a necessary virtue that adds value and charm to one's beauty and intellectual abilities. It implies that true attractiveness lies in the combination of physical beauty or intellectual brilliance with the humility and modesty that prevent these traits from becoming off-putting or undesirable.