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Joseph Addison
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When I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tomb of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow: when I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when I consider rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men that divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and debates of mankind. Joseph Addison
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Talk not of love: thou never knew'st its force. Joseph Addison
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The Knight in the triumph of his heart made several 6 reflections on thegreatness of the British Nation; as, that one Englishman could beat three Frenchmen; that we could never be in danger of Popery so long as we took care of our fleet; that theThames was thenoblest river in Europe; that London Bridge was a greater piece of work than any of the Seven Wonders of the World; with many other honest prejudices which naturally cleave to the heart of a true Englishman. Joseph Addison
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There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice. Joseph Addison
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Talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud. Joseph Addison
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Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass. Joseph Addison
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The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount. Joseph Addison
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Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them. Joseph Addison
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Justice is an unassailable fortress, built on the brow of a mountain which cannot be overthrown by the violence of torrents, nor demolished by the force of armies. Joseph Addison
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The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding. Joseph Addison
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An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person. Joseph Addison
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When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations. Joseph Addison
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What pity is it That we can die, but once to serve our country. Joseph Addison
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If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. Joseph Addison
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It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others. Joseph Addison
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Hope calculates its scenes for a long and durable life; presses forward to imaginary points of bliss; and grasps at impossibilities; and consequently very often ensnares men into beggary, ruin and dishonor. Joseph Addison
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Words, when well chosen, have so great a force in them, that a description often gives us more lively ideas than the sight of things themselves. Joseph Addison
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No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you. Joseph Addison
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An honest man, that is not quite sober, has nothing to fear. Joseph Addison
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Whilst I yet live, let me not live in vain. Joseph Addison
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A person may be qualified to do greater good to mankind and become more beneficial to the world, by morality without faith than by faith without morality. Joseph Addison
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The Obedience of Children to their Parents is the Basis of all Government, and set forth as the measure of that Obedience which weowe to those whom Providence hath placed over us. Joseph Addison
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If friends to a government forbear their assistance, they put it in the power of a few desperate men to ruin the welfare of those who are superior to them in strength and interest. Joseph Addison
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Now to the main the burning sun descends, And sacred night her gloomy veil extends. The western sun now shot a feeble ray And faintly scatter'd the remains of day. Joseph Addison
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They consume a considerable quantity of our paper manufacture, employ our artisans in printing, and find business for great numbers of indigent persons. Joseph Addison
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Nothing that is not a real crime makes a man appear so contemptible and little in the eyes of the world as inconstancy. Joseph Addison
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Who would not be that youth? What pity is it That we can die but once to save our country! Joseph Addison
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It is much easier to decide what is not humorous than what is, and very difficult to define it otherwise than Cowley has done, by negatives. Joseph Addison
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In private conversation between intimate friends, the wisest men very often talk like the weakest; for indeed the talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud. Joseph Addison
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Of his shallow species there is not a more unfortunate, empty and conceited animal than that which is generally known by the name of a critic. Joseph Addison
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If we look into communities and divisions of men, we observe that the discreet man, not the witty, nor the learned, nor the brave, guides the conversation, and gives measure to society. Joseph Addison
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Our disputants put me in mind of the cuttlefish that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens the water about him till he becomes invisible. Joseph Addison
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See in what peace a Christian can die! Joseph Addison
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Tis not in mortals to command success, But we'll do more, Sempronius; we'll deserve it. Joseph Addison
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To my confusion, and eternal grief, I must approve the sentence that destroys me. Joseph Addison
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Justice discards party, friendship, kindred, and is therefore always represented as blind. Joseph Addison
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These widows, sir, are the most perverse creatures in the world. Joseph Addison
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Great souls by instinct to each other turn, demand alliance, and in friendship burn. Joseph Addison
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The time never lies heavy upon him; it is impossible for him to be alone. Joseph Addison
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In the founders of great families, titles or attributes of honor are generally correspondent with the virtues of the person to whom they are applied; but in their descendants they are too often the marks rather of grandeur than of merit. The stamp and denomination still continue, but the intrinsic value is frequently lost. Joseph Addison
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There is a great amity between designing and art. Joseph Addison
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Peaceable times are the best to live in, though not so proper to furnish materials for a writer. Joseph Addison
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Troops of heroes undistinguished die. Joseph Addison
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Complaisance renders a superior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable. Joseph Addison
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I have often reflected within myself on this unaccountable humor in womankind of being smitten with everything that is showy and superficial, and on the numberless evils that befall the sex from this light fantastical disposition. Joseph Addison
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Nature has laid out all her art in beautifying the face; she has touched it with vermilion, planted in it a double row of ivory, made it the seat of smiles and blushes, lighted it up and enlivened it with the brightness of the eyes, hung it on each side with curious organs of sense, given it airs and graces that cannot be described, and surrounded it with such a flowing shade of hair as sets all its beauties in the most agreeable light. Joseph Addison
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The memory is perpetually looking back when we have nothing present to entertain us. It is like those repositories in animals that are filled with food, on which they may ruminate when their present pastures fail. Joseph Addison
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Learning, like traveling and all other methods of improvement, as it finishes good sense, so it makes a silly man ten thousand times more insufferable by supplying variety of matter to his impertinence, and giving him an opportunity of abounding in absurdities. Joseph Addison
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Pedantry in learning is like hypocrisy inn religion-a form of knowledge without the power of it. Joseph Addison
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Riches expose a man to pride and luxury, and a foolish elation of heart. Joseph Addison
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It is observed by Cicero, that men of the greatest and most shining parts are most actuated by ambition. Joseph Addison
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There are many more shining qualities in the mind of man, but there is none so useful as discretion. Joseph Addison
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Misery and ignorance are always the cause of great evils. Misery is easily excited to anger, and ignorance soon yields to perfidious counsels. Joseph Addison
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Waning moons their settled periods keep, to swell the billows and ferment the deep. Joseph Addison
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To look upon the soul as going on from strength to strength, to consider that she is to shine forever with new accessions of glory, and brighten to all eternity; that she will be still adding virtue to virtue, and knowledge to knowledge,-carries in it something wonderfully agreeable to that ambition which is natural to the mind of man. Joseph Addison
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A man with great talents, but void of discretion, is like Polyphemus in the fable, strong and blind, endued with an irresistible force, which for want of sight is of no use to him. Joseph Addison
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My heart leaps at the trumpet's voice. Joseph Addison
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In the common run of mankind, for one that is wise and good you find ten of a contrary character. Joseph Addison
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It is very wonderful to see persons of the best sense passing hours together in shuffling and dividing a pack of cards with no conversation but what is made up of a few game-phrases, and no other ideas but those of black or red spots arranged together in different figures. Would not a man laugh to hear any one of his species complaining that life is short? Joseph Addison
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Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other. Joseph Addison
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Antidotes are what you take to prevent dotes. Joseph Addison
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If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling. Joseph Addison
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When a woman comes to her glass, she does not employ her time in making herself look more advantageously what she really is, but endeavours to be as much another creature as she possibly can. Whether this happens because they stay so long and attend their work so diligently that they forget the faces and persons which they first sat down with, or whatever it is, they seldom rise from the toilet the same woman they appeared when they began to dress. Joseph Addison
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Sir Roger... told them, with the air of a man who would not give his judgement rashly, that much might be said on both sides. Joseph Addison
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There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's headdress: within my own memory I have known it rise and fall above thirty degrees. Joseph Addison
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Though a man cannot abstain from being weak, he may from being vicious. Joseph Addison
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Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors. Joseph Addison
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Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses. It fills the mind with the largest variety of ideas, converses with its objects at the greatest distance, and continues the longest in action without being tired or satiated with its proper enjoyments. Joseph Addison
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Admiration is a very short lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless it still be fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view. Joseph Addison
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Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable. Joseph Addison
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