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Joseph Addison
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The time never lies heavy upon him; it is impossible for him to be alone. Joseph Addison

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

There is a great amity between designing and art. Joseph Addison

Peaceable times are the best to live in, though not so proper to furnish materials for a writer. Joseph Addison

Troops of heroes undistinguished die. Joseph Addison

Complaisance renders a superior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

Pedantry in learning is like hypocrisy inn religion-a form of knowledge without the power of it. Joseph Addison

Riches expose a man to pride and luxury, and a foolish elation of heart. Joseph Addison

It is observed by Cicero, that men of the greatest and most shining parts are most actuated by ambition. Joseph Addison

There are many more shining qualities in the mind of man, but there is none so useful as discretion. Joseph Addison

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

Waning moons their settled periods keep, to swell the billows and ferment the deep. Joseph Addison

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

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

My heart leaps at the trumpet's voice. Joseph Addison

In the common run of mankind, for one that is wise and good you find ten of a contrary character. Joseph Addison

Whilst I yet live, let me not live in vain. Joseph Addison

An honest man, that is not quite sober, has nothing to fear. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

See in what peace a Christian can die! Joseph Addison

Tis not in mortals to command success, But we'll do more, Sempronius; we'll deserve it. Joseph Addison

To my confusion, and eternal grief, I must approve the sentence that destroys me. Joseph Addison

Justice discards party, friendship, kindred, and is therefore always represented as blind. Joseph Addison

These widows, sir, are the most perverse creatures in the world. Joseph Addison

Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other. Joseph Addison

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

It is ridiculous for any man to criticize on the works of another, who has not distinguished himself by his own performances. Joseph Addison

Tis heaven itself, that points out an hereafter, and intimates eternity to man. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

Talk not of love: thou never knew'st its force. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have but nine-pence in ready money, but I can draw for a thousand pounds. Joseph Addison

Guard thy heart on this weak side, where most our nature fails. Joseph Addison

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

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

A vast space naturally raises in my thoughts the idea of an Almighty Being. Joseph Addison

There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice. Joseph Addison

Talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

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

When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations. Joseph Addison

What pity is it That we can die, but once to serve our country. Joseph Addison

Let freedom never perish in your hands. Joseph Addison

Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty. Joseph Addison

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

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

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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