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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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Antidotes are what you take to prevent dotes. Joseph Addison
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A true critic ought to dwell rather upon excellencies than imperfections Joseph Addison
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All well-regulated families set apart an hour every morning for tea and bread and butter 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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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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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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Nothing makes a woman more esteemed by the opposite sex than chastity; whether it be that we always prize those most who are hardest to come at, or that nothing besides chastity, with its collateral attendants, truth, fidelity, and constancy, gives a man a property in the person he loves, and consequently endears her to him above all things. Joseph Addison
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It is ridiculous for any man to criticize on the works of another, who has not distinguished himself by his own performances. Joseph Addison
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Tis heaven itself, that points out an hereafter, and intimates eternity to man. Joseph Addison
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Men who profess a state of neutrality in times of public danger, desert the common interest of their fellow subjects; and act with independence to that constitution into which they are incorporated. The safety of the whole requires our joint endeavours. When this is at stake, the indifferent are not properly a part of the community; or rather are like dead limbs, which are an encumbrance to the body, instead of being of use to it. Joseph Addison
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Ladies are always of great use to the party they espouse, and never fail to win over numbers to it. Lovers, according to Sir William Petty's computation, make at least the third part of sensible men of the British nation; and it has been an uncontroverted maxim in all ages, that though a husband is sometimes a stubborn sort of a creature, a lover is always at the devotion of his mistress. By this means, it lies in the power of every fine woman, to secure at least half a dozen able-bodied men to his Majesty's service. Joseph Addison
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There is no greater sign of a bad cause, than when the patrons of it are reduced to the necessity of making use of the most wicked artifices to support it. Joseph Addison
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When I read the several dates of the tombs, of some that died yesterday, and some six hundred years ago, I consider that great day when we shall all of us be contemporaries, and make our appearance together. 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 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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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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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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Let echo, too, perform her part, Prolonging every note with art; And in a low expiring strain, Play all the comfort o'er again. Joseph Addison
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An idol may be undeified by many accidental causes. Marriage, in particular, is a kind of counter apotheosis, as a deification inverted. When a man becomes familiar with his goddess she quickly sinks into a woman. Joseph Addison
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The sense of honour is of so fine and delicate a nature, that it is only to be met with in minds which are naturally noble, or in such as have been cultivated by good examples, or a refined education. Joseph Addison
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Hypocrisy itself does great honor, or rather justice, to religion, and tacitly acknowledges it to be an ornament to human nature. The hypocrite would not be at so much pains to put on the appearance of virtue, if he did not know it was the most proper and effectual means to gain the love and esteem of mankind. Joseph Addison
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Novelty serves us for a kind of refreshment, and takes off from that satiety we are apt to complain of in our usual and ordinary entertainments. Joseph Addison
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In that disputable point of persecuting men for conscience sake, I see such dreadful consequences rising, I would be as fully convinced of the truth of it, as a mathematical demonstration, before I would venture to act upon it or make it a part of my religion. Joseph Addison
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I have but nine-pence in ready money, but I can draw for a thousand pounds. Joseph Addison
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Guard thy heart on this weak side, where most our nature fails. Joseph Addison
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Wine heightens indifference into love, love into jealousy, and jealousy into madness. It often turns the good-natured man into an idiot, and the choleric into an assassin. It gives bitterness to resentment, it makes vanity insupportable, and displays every little spot of the soul in its utmost deformity. Joseph Addison
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Loveliest of women! heaven is in thy soul, Beauty and virtue shine forever round thee, Bright'ning each other! thou art all divine! Joseph Addison
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A vast space naturally raises in my thoughts the idea of an Almighty Being. 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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Whilst I yet live, let me not live in vain. Joseph Addison
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An honest man, that is not quite sober, has nothing to fear. 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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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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Let freedom never perish in your hands. Joseph Addison
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Love is a second life; it grows into the soul, warms every vein, and beats in every pulse. Joseph Addison
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There is not any present moment that is unconnected with some future one. The life of every man is a continued chain of incidents, each link of which hangs upon the former. The transition from cause to effect, from event to event, is often carried on by secret steps, which our foresight cannot divine, and our sagacity is unable to trace. Evil may at some future period bring forth good; and good may bring forth evil, both equally unexpected. Joseph Addison
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When I behold a fashionable table set out in all its magnificence, I fancy that I see gouts and dropsies, fevers and lethargies, with other innumerable distempers lying in ambuscade among the dishes. Nature delights in the most plain and simple diet. Every animal but man keeps to one dish. Herbs are the food of this species, fish of that, and flesh of a third. Man falls upon everything that comes in his way; not the smallest fruit or excrescence of the earth, scarce a berry or a mushroom can escape him. Joseph Addison
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Soon as the evening shades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale, And nightly to the listening earth Repeats the story of her birth. Joseph Addison
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