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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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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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Though a man cannot abstain from being weak, he may from being vicious. Joseph Addison
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What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. Joseph Addison
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Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures. Joseph Addison
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True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions. Joseph Addison
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A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world. Joseph Addison
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Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense. Joseph Addison
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Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor. Joseph Addison
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Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity. Joseph Addison
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There is nothing that makes its way more directly into the soul than beauty. 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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To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction. Joseph Addison
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The woman that deliberates is lost. Joseph Addison
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With regard to donations always expect the most from prudent people, who keep their own accounts. Joseph Addison
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Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate, no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament. It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage. Joseph Addison
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The person who has a firm trust in the Supreme Being is powerful in his power, wise by his wisdom, happy by his happiness. Joseph Addison
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A man that has a taste of music, painting, or architecture, is like one that has another sense, when compared with such as have no relish of those arts Joseph Addison
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Nations with nations mix'd confus'dly die, and lost in one promiscuous carnage lie. Joseph Addison
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I shall endeavor to enliven morality with wit, and to temper wit with morality. Joseph Addison
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Every wife ought to answer for her man. If the husband be engaged in a seditious club, or drinks mysterious healths, or be frugal of his candles on a rejoicing night, let her look to him and keep him out of harm's way; or the world will be apt to say, she has a mind to be a widow before her time. She ought, in such cases, to exert the authority of the curtain lecture; and if she finds him of a rebellious disposition, to tame him, as they do birds of prey, by dinning him in the ears all night long. Joseph Addison
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On you, my lord, with anxious fear I wait, and from your judgment must expect my fate. Joseph Addison
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Thus I live in the world rather as a spectator of mankind than as one of the species. Joseph Addison
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It is a melancholy consideration that there should be several among us so hardened and deluded as to think an oath a proper subject for a jest; and to make this, which is one of the most solemn acts of religion, an occasion of mirth. Yet such is the depravation of our manners at present, that nothing is more frequent than to hear profligate men ridiculing, to the best of their abilities, these sacred pledges of their duty and allegiance; and endeavouring to be witty upon themselves, for daring to prevaricate with God and man. Joseph Addison
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There is sometimes a greater judgement shewn in deviating from the rules of art, than in adhering to them; and?there ismore beauty inthe works of a great genius who is ignorant of all the rules of art, than in the works of a little genius, who not only knows but scrupulously observes them. Joseph Addison
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It is indeed very possible, that the Persons we laugh at may in the main of their Characters be much wiser Men than our selves; but if they would have us laugh at them, they must fall short of us in those Respects which stir up this Passion. Joseph Addison
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Should the whole frame of nature round him break, In ruin and confusion hurled, He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack, And stand secure amidst a falling world. Joseph Addison
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'Tis Liberty that crowns Britannia's isle, and makes her barren rocks and her bleak mountains smile... 'Tis Britain's care to watch o'er Europe's fate, and hold in balance each contending state, To threaten bold presumptuous kings with war, and answer her afflicted neighbours' prayer... Soon as her fleets appear their terrors cease. Joseph Addison
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As addictions go, reading is among the cleanest, easiest to feed, happiest. Joseph Addison
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A great large book is a great evil. Joseph Addison
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Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief. Joseph Addison
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In short, heaven is not to be looked upon only as the reward, but as the natural effect, of a religious life. Joseph Addison
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I think I may define it to be the faculty of the soul which discerns the beauties of an author with pleasure, and the imperfections with dislike. Joseph Addison
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T is liberty crowns Britannia's Isle, And makes her barren rocks and her bleak mountains smile. Joseph Addison
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In England we see people lulled sleep with solid and elaborate discourses of piety, who would be warmed and transported out of themselves by the bellowing and distortions of enthusiasm. Joseph Addison
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A good character, good habits, and iron industry are impregnable to the assaults of all the ill-luck that fools ever dreamed of. Joseph Addison
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Arnobius tells us that this martyrdom first of all made them seriously inquisitive into that religion which could endue the mind with so much strength and overcome the fear of death. Joseph Addison
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When a man has been guilty of any vice or folly, I think the best atonement he can make for it is to warn others not to fall into the like. Joseph Addison
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I never knew a critic who made it his business to lash the faults of other writers that was not guilty of greater himself - as the hangman is generally a worse malefactor than the criminal that suffers by his hand. Joseph Addison
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Good-nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit, and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty. It shows virtue in the fairest light; takes off in some measure from the deformity of vice; and makes even folly and impertinence supportable. Joseph Addison
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Should I publish any favors done me by your lordship, I am afraid it would look more like vanity than gratitude. Joseph Addison
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The English delight in Silence more than any other European Nation, if the Remarks which are made on us by Foreigners are true. Joseph Addison
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Music religious heat inspires, It wakes the soul, and lifts it high, And wings it with sublime desires, And fits it to bespeak the Deity. Joseph Addison
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Rais'd of themselves, their genuine charms they boast, And those who paint them truest praise them most. Joseph Addison
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Thy father's merit sets thee up to view, And shows thee in the fairest point of light, To make thy virtues, or thy faults, conspicuous. Joseph Addison
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Were you with these, my prince, you'd soon forget The pale, unripened beauties of the north. Joseph Addison
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The friendships of the world are oft Confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasure; Ours has severest virtue for its basis, And such a friendship ends not but with life. Joseph Addison
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How beautiful is death, when earn'd by virtue! Who would not be that youth? What pity is it That we can die but once to serve our country! Joseph Addison
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To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny. Joseph Addison
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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
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I have somewhere met with the epitaph of a charitable man, which has very much pleased me. I cannot recollect the words, but the sense of it is to this purpose; What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me. Joseph Addison
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I have often thought, says Sir Roger, it happens very well that Christmas should fall out in the Middle of the Winter Joseph Addison
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Cheerfulness is...the best promoter of health. Joseph Addison
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Our disputants put me in mind of the skuttle fish, that when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens all the water about him, till he becomes invisible. Joseph Addison
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Upon the whole, a contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world. 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 amid the war of elements, The wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds. Joseph Addison
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Our disputants put me in mind of the scuttlefish that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens the water about him till he becomes invisible. Joseph Addison
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Most of the trades, professions, and ways of living among mankind, take their original either from the love of the pleasure, or the fear of want. The former, when it becomes too violent, degenerates into luxury, and the latter into avarice. Joseph Addison
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Musick is certainly a very agreeable Entertainment, but if it would take the entire Possession of our Ears, if it would make us incapable of hearing Sense, if it would exclude Arts that have a much greater Tendency to the Refinement of human Nature; I must confess I would allow it no better Quarter than Plato has done, who banishes it out of his Common-wealth. Joseph Addison
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Marriage enlarges the Scene of our Happiness and Miseries. Joseph Addison
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When I consider the Question, Whether there are such Persons in the World as those we call Witches? My Mind is divided between the two opposite Opinions; or rather I believe in general that there is, and has been such a thing as Witchcraft; but at the same time can give no Credit to any Particular Instance of it. Joseph Addison
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A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants, and how much more unhappy he might be than he really is. Joseph Addison
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Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn. Joseph Addison
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What an absurd thing it is to pass over all the valuable parts of a man, and fix our attention on his infirmities. Joseph Addison
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I consider an human soul without education like marble in the quarry, which shows none of its inherent beauties till the skill of the polisher fetches out the colours, makes the surface shine, and discovers every ornamental cloud, spot and vein that runs through the body of it. Joseph Addison
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What can be nobler than the idea it gives us of the Supreme Being? Joseph Addison
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It happened very providentially, to the honor of the Christian religion, that it did not take its rise in the dark illiterate ages of the world, but at a time when arts and sciences were at their height. Joseph Addison
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