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Joseph Addison
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There is nothing touches our imagination so much as a beautiful woman in a plain dress. Joseph Addison
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The gloomy months of November, when the people of England hang and drown themselves. Joseph Addison
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The consciousness of being loved softens the keenest pang even at the moment of parting; yea, even the eternal farewell is robbed of half of its bitterness when uttered in accents that breathe love to the last sigh. Joseph Addison
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An honest private man often grows cruel and abandoned when converted into an absolute prince. Give a man power of doing what he pleases with impunity, you extinguish his fear, and consequently overturn in him one of the great pillars of morality. Joseph Addison
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Whether zeal or moderation be the point we aim at, let us keep the fire out of the one, and the frost out of the other. Joseph Addison
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Music can noble hints impart, Engender fury, kindle love, With unsuspected eloquence can move, And manage all the man with secret art. Joseph Addison
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There is not, in my opinion, anything more mysterious in nature than this instinct in animals, which thus rise above reason, and yet fall infinitely short of it. Joseph Addison
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Nature is full of wonders; every atom is a standing miracle, and endowed with such qualities, as could not be impressed on it by a power and wisdom less than infinite. Joseph Addison
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I am very much concerned when I see young gentlemen of fortune and quality so wholly set upon pleasures and diversions, that they neglect all those improvements in wisdom and knowledge which may make them easy to themselves and useful to the world. Joseph Addison
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I have often wondered that learning is not thought a proper ingredient in the education of a woman of quality or fortune. Since they have the same improvable minds as the male part of their species. Joseph Addison
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A man governs himself by the dictates of virtue and good sense, who acts without zeal or passion in points that are of no consequence; but when the whole community is shaken, and the safety of the public endangered, the appearance of a philosophical or an affected indolence must arise either from stupidity or perfidiousness. Joseph Addison
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I have sent for you that you may see how a Christian may die. Joseph Addison
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Our friends don't see our faults, or conceal them, or soften them. Joseph Addison
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Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity. Joseph Addison
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Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity. Joseph Addison
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The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them. Joseph Addison
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Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition, but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express. Joseph Addison
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Honor's a fine imaginary notion, that draws in raw and unexperienced men to real mischiefs. Joseph Addison
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The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds. Joseph Addison
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One of the most important, but one of the most difficult things to a powerful mind is to be its own master; a pond may lay quiet in a plain, but a lake wants mountains to compass and hold it in. Joseph Addison
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The soul, secure in her existence, smiles At the drawn dagger, and defies its point, The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years; But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the war of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds. Joseph Addison
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The gods in bounty work up storms about us, that give mankind occasion to exert their hidden strength, and throw out into practice virtues that shun the day, and lie concealed in the smooth seasons and the calms of life. Joseph Addison
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A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty Is worth a whole eternity in bondage. Joseph Addison
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When love once pleas admission to our hearts, (In spite of all the virtue we can boast), The woman that deliberates is lost. Joseph Addison
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Much might be said on both sides. Joseph Addison
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A statue lies hid in a block of marble, and the art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous matter and removes the rubbish. The figure is in the stone; the sculptor only finds it. What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul. The philosopher, the saint, or the hero,-the wise, the good, or the great man,-very often lies hid and concealed in a plebeian, which a proper education might have disinterred, and have brought to light. Joseph Addison
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True religion and virtue give a cheerful and happy turn to the mind, admit of all true pleasures, and even procure for us the highest. Joseph Addison
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The intelligence of affection is carried on by the eye only; good-breeding has made the tongue falsify the heart, and act a part of continued restraint, while nature has preserved the eyes to herself, that she may not be disguised or misrepresented. Joseph Addison
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Husband a lie, and trump it up in some extraordinary emergency. Joseph Addison
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Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another. Joseph Addison
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Great Pompey's shade complains that we are slow, And Scipio's ghost walks unaveng'd amongst us! Joseph Addison
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Those marriages generally abound most with love and constancy that are preceded by a long courtship. The passion should strike root and gather strength before marriage be grafted on it. Joseph Addison
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I have always preferred cheerfulness to mirth. The latter I consider as an act, the former as an habit of mind. Mirth is short and transient, cheerfulness fixed and permanent. Joseph Addison
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Thy steady temper, Portius, Can look on guilt, rebellion, fraud, and Caesar, In the calm lights of mild philosophy. Joseph Addison
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Were not this desire of fame very strong, the difficulty of obtaining it, and the danger of losing it when obtained, would be sufficient to deter a man from so vain a pursuit. Joseph Addison
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Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly. Joseph Addison
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Thus I live in the world rather as a Spectator of mankind, than as one of the species, by which means I have made myself a speculative statesman, soldier, merchant, and artisan, without ever meddling with any practical part of life. Joseph Addison
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As vivacity is the gift of woman, gravity is that of men. Joseph Addison
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Man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and next to escape the censures of the world. If the last interfere with the first it should be entirely neglected. But if not, there cannot be a greater satisfaction to an honest mind than to see its own approbation seconded by the applause of the public. Joseph Addison
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A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty Is worth a whole eternity in bondage. Joseph Addison
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Men who cherish for women the highest respect are seldom popular with them. Joseph Addison
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Nature delights in the most plain and simple diet. Joseph Addison
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Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man. Joseph Addison
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We see the pernicious effects of luxury in the ancient Romans, who immediately found themselves poor as soon as this vice got footing among them. Joseph Addison
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Adulterers, in the first stages of the church, were excommunicated forever, and unqualified all their lives for bearing a part in Christian assemblies, notwithstanding they might seek it with tears, and all the appearances of the most unfeigned repentance. Joseph Addison
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The Fear of Death often proves Mortal. Joseph Addison
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A money-lender-he serves you in the present tense; he lends you in the conditional mood; keeps you in the conjunctive; and ruins you in the future. Joseph Addison
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Silence is sometimes more significant and sublime than the most noble and most expressive eloquence, and is on many occasions the indication of a great mind. Joseph Addison
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True modesty avoids everything that is criminal; false modesty everything that is unfashionable. Joseph Addison
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Mere bashfulness without merit is awkward; and merit without modesty, insolent. But modest merit has a double claim to acceptance, and generally meets with as many patrons as beholders. Joseph Addison
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Courage that grows from constitution very often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it, and when it is only a kind of instinct in the Soul breaks out on all occasions without judgment or discretion. That courage which proceeds from the sense of our duty, and from the fear of offending Him that made us, acts always in a uniform manner, and according to the dictates of right reason. Joseph Addison
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Nature in her whole drama never drew such a part; she has sometimes made a fool, but a coxcomb is always of a man's own making... Joseph Addison
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A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature. Joseph Addison
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We have in England a particular bashfulness in every thing that regards religion. Joseph Addison
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Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt. Joseph Addison
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There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol. Joseph Addison
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Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed. Joseph Addison
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Nothing is more amiable than true modesty, and nothing more contemptible than the false. The one guards virtue, the other betrays it. Joseph Addison
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A good disposition is more valuable than gold, for the latter is the gift of fortune, but the former is the dower of nature. Joseph Addison
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Content has a kindly influence on the soul of man, in respect of every being to whom he stands related. It extinguishes all murmuring, repining, and ingratitude toward that Being who has allotted us our part to act in the world. It destroys all inordinate ambition; gives sweetness to the conversation, and serenity to all the thoughts; and if it does not bring riches, it does the same thing by banishing the desire of them. Joseph Addison
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Laughter, while it lasts, slackens and unbraces the mind, weakens the faculties, and causes a kind of remissness and dissolution in all the powers of the soul. Joseph Addison
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Women were formed to temper Mankind, and sooth them into Tenderness and Compassion; not to set an Edge upon their Minds, and blowup in them those Passions which are too apt to rise of their own Accord. Joseph Addison
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Those who were skillful in Anatomy among the Ancients, concluded from the outward and inward Make of an Human Body, that it was the Work of a Being transcendently Wise and Powerful. As the World grew more enlightened in this Art, their Discoveries gave them fresh Opportunities of admiring the Conduct of Providence in the Formation of an Human Body. Joseph Addison
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It is usual for a Man who loves Country Sports to preserve the Game in his own Grounds, and divert himself upon those that belongto his Neighbour. Joseph Addison
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The Fashionable World is grown free and easie; our Manners sit more loose upon us: Nothing is so modish as an agreeable Negligence. In a word, Good Breeding shows it self most, where to an ordinary Eye it appears the least. Joseph Addison
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Is there not some chosen curse, Some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man Who owes his greatness to his country's ruin? Joseph Addison
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Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief, and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another. Joseph Addison
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A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves a constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions that can possibly befall us. Joseph Addison
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The talent of turning men into ridicule, and exposing to laughter those one converses with, is the gratification of little minds and ungenerous tempers. A young man with this cast of mind cuts himself off from all manner of improvement. Joseph Addison
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On you, most loved, with anxious fear I wait, And from your judgment must expect my fate. Joseph Addison
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