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Joseph Addison
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Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable. Joseph Addison

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

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

Marriage enlarges the Scene of our Happiness and Miseries. Joseph Addison

Heaven is not to be looked upon only as the reward, but the natural effect, of a religious life. Joseph Addison

It was a saying of an ancient philosopher, which I find some of our writers have ascribed to Queen Elizabeth, who perhaps might have taken occasion to repeat it, that a good face is a letter of recommendation. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

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

In short, heaven is not to be looked upon only as the reward, but as the natural effect, of a religious life. Joseph Addison

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

T is liberty crowns Britannia's Isle, And makes her barren rocks and her bleak mountains smile. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should I publish any favors done me by your lordship, I am afraid it would look more like vanity than gratitude. Joseph Addison

'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

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

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

Love is a second life; it grows into the soul, warms every vein, and beats in every pulse. Joseph Addison

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

Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm. Joseph Addison

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

What can be nobler than the idea it gives us of the Supreme Being? Joseph Addison

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

A well regulated commerce is not, like law, physic, or divinity, to be overstocked with hands; but, on the contrary, flourishes by multitudes, and gives employment to all its professors. Joseph Addison

I believe that everyone, some time or other, dreams that he is reading papers, books, or letters; in which case the invention prompts so readily that the mind is imposed upon, and mistakes its own suggestions for the composition of another. Joseph Addison

Upon laying a weight in one of the scales, inscribed eternity, though I threw in that of time, prosperity, affliction, wealth, and poverty, which seemed very ponderous, they were not able to stir the opposite balance. Joseph Addison

It is wonderful to see persons of sense passing away a dozen hours together in shuffling and dividing a pack of cards. Joseph Addison

A religious hope does not only bear up the mind under her sufferings but makes her rejoice in them. Joseph Addison

Reason shows itself in all occurrences of life; whereas the brute makes no discovery of such a talent, but in what immediately regards his own preservation or the continuance of his species. Joseph Addison

Virtue which shuns, the day. Joseph Addison

Poverty palls the most generous spirits; it cows industry, and casts resolution itself into despair. Joseph Addison

A man who has any relish for fine writing either discovers new beauties or receives stronger impressions from the masterly strokes of a great author every time he peruses him; besides that he naturally wears himself into the same manner of speaking and thinking. Joseph Addison

Persons in great stations have seldom their true character drawn till several years after their death. Their personal friendships and enmities must cease, and the parties they were engaged in be at an end, before their faults or their virtues can have justice done them. When writers have the least opportunities of knowing the truth, they are in the best disposition to tell it. Joseph Addison

Music, among those who were styled the chosen people, was a religious art. Joseph Addison

The soul, considered with its Creator, is like one of those mathematical lines that may draw nearer to another for all eternity without a possibility of touching it; and can there be a thought so transporting as to consider ourselves in these perpetual approaches to Him, who is not only the standard of perfection, but of happiness? Joseph Addison

I would have every zealous man examine his heart thoroughly, and I believe he will often find that what be calls a zeal for his religion is either pride, interest, or ill-repute. Joseph Addison

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

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

I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings and strictly honest, who complained of hard luck. A good character, good habits and iron industry are impregnable to the assaults of all ill-luck that fools ever dreamed. Joseph Addison

As addictions go, reading is among the cleanest, easiest to feed, happiest. Joseph Addison

A great large book is a great evil. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

Rais'd of themselves, their genuine charms they boast, And those who paint them truest praise them most. Joseph Addison

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

Were you with these, my prince, you'd soon forget The pale, unripened beauties of the north. Joseph Addison

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

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

To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny. 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

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

I have often thought, says Sir Roger, it happens very well that Christmas should fall out in the Middle of the Winter Joseph Addison

Cheerfulness is...the best promoter of health. Joseph Addison

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

Upon the whole, a contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world. Joseph Addison

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief. Joseph Addison

Nations with nations mix'd confus'dly die, and lost in one promiscuous carnage lie. Joseph Addison

I shall endeavor to enliven morality with wit, and to temper wit with morality. Joseph Addison

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

On you, my lord, with anxious fear I wait, and from your judgment must expect my fate. Joseph Addison

Thus I live in the world rather as a spectator of mankind than as one of the species. Joseph Addison



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