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Joseph Addison
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Nature in her whole drama never drew such a part; she has sometimes made a fool, but a coxcomb is always of a man's own making... Joseph Addison
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A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature. Joseph Addison
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We have in England a particular bashfulness in every thing that regards religion. Joseph Addison
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Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt. Joseph Addison
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There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol. Joseph Addison
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The talent of turning men into ridicule, and exposing to laughter those one converses with, is the gratification of little minds and ungenerous tempers. A young man with this cast of mind cuts himself off from all manner of improvement. Joseph Addison
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On you, most loved, with anxious fear I wait, And from your judgment must expect my fate. Joseph Addison
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Tom, hinted at his dislike at some trifle is mistress had said; she asked him how he would talk to her after marriage if he talked at this rate before. Joseph Addison
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True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise. It 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 friends. 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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Unbounded courage and compassion join'd, Tempering each other in the victor's mind, Alternately proclaim him good and great, And make the hero and the man complete. Joseph Addison
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So when an angel by divine command With rising tempests shakes a guilty land, Such as of late o'er pale Britannia passed, Calm and serene he drives the furious blast; And, pleas'd th' Almighty's orders to perform, Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm. Joseph Addison
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If I can any way contribute to the diversion or improvement of the country in which I live, I shall leave it, when I am summoned out of it, with the secret satisfaction of thinking that I have not lived in vain. 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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Authors have established it as a kind of rule, that a man ought to be dull sometimes; as the most severe reader makes allowances for many rests and nodding places in a voluminous writer. Joseph Addison
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Admiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless it be still 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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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 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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A cheerful temper joined with innocence will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful and wit good-natured. Joseph Addison
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Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express. Joseph Addison
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What a pity is it That we can die but once to save our country! Joseph Addison
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Wind A cloudy day, or a little sunshine, have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most real blessings or misfortunes. Joseph Addison
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A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves a constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions that can possibly befall us. Joseph Addison
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Were not this desire of fame very strong, the difficulty of obtaining it, and the danger of losing it when obtained, would be sufficient to deter a man from so vain a pursuit. Joseph Addison
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Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly. Joseph Addison
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Thus I live in the world rather as a Spectator of mankind, than as one of the species, by which means I have made myself a speculative statesman, soldier, merchant, and artisan, without ever meddling with any practical part of life. Joseph Addison
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It is folly for an eminent person to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected by it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age, have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defense against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness, as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph. Joseph Addison
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Self discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another. Joseph Addison
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A friend exaggerates a man's virtues; an enemy inflames his crimes. Joseph Addison
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Content has a kindly influence on the soul of man, in respect of every being to whom he stands related. It extinguishes all murmuring, repining, and ingratitude toward that Being who has allotted us our part to act in the world. It destroys all inordinate ambition; gives sweetness to the conversation, and serenity to all the thoughts; and if it does not bring riches, it does the same thing by banishing the desire of them. Joseph Addison
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Is there not some chosen curse, Some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man Who owes his greatness to his country's ruin? Joseph Addison
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Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief, and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another. Joseph Addison
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Laughter, while it lasts, slackens and unbraces the mind, weakens the faculties, and causes a kind of remissness and dissolution in all the powers of the soul. Joseph Addison
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Women were formed to temper Mankind, and sooth them into Tenderness and Compassion; not to set an Edge upon their Minds, and blowup in them those Passions which are too apt to rise of their own Accord. Joseph Addison
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Those who were skillful in Anatomy among the Ancients, concluded from the outward and inward Make of an Human Body, that it was the Work of a Being transcendently Wise and Powerful. As the World grew more enlightened in this Art, their Discoveries gave them fresh Opportunities of admiring the Conduct of Providence in the Formation of an Human Body. Joseph Addison
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It is usual for a Man who loves Country Sports to preserve the Game in his own Grounds, and divert himself upon those that belongto his Neighbour. Joseph Addison
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The Fashionable World is grown free and easie; our Manners sit more loose upon us: Nothing is so modish as an agreeable Negligence. In a word, Good Breeding shows it self most, where to an ordinary Eye it appears the least. Joseph Addison
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A good disposition is more valuable than gold, for the latter is the gift of fortune, but the former is the dower of nature. Joseph Addison
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Nothing is more amiable than true modesty, and nothing more contemptible than the false. The one guards virtue, the other betrays it. Joseph Addison
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To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude. Joseph Addison
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There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country. Joseph Addison
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Nothing that isn't a real crime makes a man appear so contemptible and little in the eyes of the world as inconsistency. Joseph Addison
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The spacious firmament on high, And all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim. Joseph Addison
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It must be so,-Plato, thou reasonest well! Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire, This longing after immortality? Or whence this secret dread and inward horror Of falling into naught? Why shrinks the soul Back on herself, and startles at destruction? 'T is the divinity that stirs within us; 'T is Heaven itself that points out an hereafter, And intimates eternity to man. Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought! Joseph Addison
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The great art in writing advertisements is the finding out of a proper method to catch the reader's eye; without which, a good thing may pass over unobserved, or lost among commissions of bankrupt. Joseph Addison
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It is a celebrated thought of Socrates, that if all the misfortunes of mankind were cast into a public stock, in order to be equally distributed among the whole species, those who now think themselves the most unhappy would prefer the share they are already possessed of, before that which would fall to them by such a division. [as they realise their problems could be worse!] Joseph Addison
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Among those evils which befall us, there are many which have been more painful to us in the prospect than by their actual pressure. Joseph Addison
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Nothing, says Longinus, can be great, the contempt of which is great. Joseph Addison
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The pleasantest part of a man's life is generally that which passes in courtship, provided his passion be sincere, and the party beloved kind with discretion. Love, desire, hope, all the pleasing emotions of the soul, rise in the pursuit. Joseph Addison
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The head has the most beautiful appearance, as well as the highest station, in a human figure. Joseph Addison
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The first of all virtues is innocence; the next is modesty. If we banish modesty out of the world, she carries away with her half the virtue that is in it. Joseph Addison
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Man is the merriest species of the creation; all above or below him are serious. Joseph Addison
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Every one knows the veneration which was paid by the Jews to a name so great, wonderful, and holy. They would not let it enter even into their religious discourses. What can we then think of those who make use of so tremendous a name, in the ordinary expression of their anger, mirth, and most impertinent passions? Joseph Addison
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By anticipation we sugar misery and enjoy happiness before they are in being. We can set the sun and stars forward, or lose sight of them by wandering into those retired parts of eternity when the heavens and earth shall be no more. Joseph Addison
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A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world; and if in the present life his happiness arises from the subduing of his desires, it will arise in the next from the gratification of them. Joseph Addison
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To this end, nothing is to be more carefully consulted than plainness. In a lady's attire this is the single excellence; for to be what some people call fine, is the same vice, in that case, as to be florid is in writing or speaking. Joseph Addison
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The ways of heaven are dark and intricate, Puzzled in mazes, and perplex'd with errors; Our understanding traces them in vain, Lost and bewilder'd in the fruitless search; Nor sees with how much art the windings run, Nor where the regular confusion ends. Joseph Addison
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It is always to be understood that a lady takes all you detract from the rest of her sex to be a gift to her. Joseph Addison
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There is nobody so weak of invention that cannot make some little stories to villify his enemy. Joseph Addison
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For my own part, I am apt to join in the opinion with those who believe that all the regions of Nature swarm with spirits, and that we have multitudes of spectators on all our actions when we think ourselves most alone. Joseph Addison
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Whether dark presages of the night proceed from any latent power of the soul during her abstraction, or from any operation of subordinate spirits, has been a dispute. Joseph Addison
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It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age. Joseph Addison
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Life is not long enough for a coquette to play all her tricks in. Joseph Addison
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There is no kind of false wit which has been so recommended by the practice of all ages, as that which consists in a jingle of words, and is comprehended under the general name of punning. Joseph Addison
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Facts are plain spoken; hopes and figures are its aversion. Joseph Addison
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Our admiration of a famous man lessens upon our nearer acquaintance with him; and we seldom hear of a celebrated person without a catalogue of some notorious weaknesses and infirmities. Joseph Addison
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The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover. Joseph Addison
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Men of warm imaginations and towering thoughts are apt to overlook the goods of fortune which are near them, for something that glitters in the sight at a distance; to neglect solid and substantial happiness for what is showy and superficial; and to contemn that good which lies within their reach, for that which they are not capable of attaining. Hope calculates its schemes for a long and durable life; presses forward to imaginary points of bliss; grasps at impossibilities; and consequently very often ensnares men into beggary, ruin, and dishonour. Joseph Addison
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It is a great presumption to ascribe our successes to our own management, and not to esteem ourselves upon any blessing, rather as it is the bounty of heaven, than the acquisition of our own prudence. Joseph Addison
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A common civility to an impertinent fellow, often draws upon one a great many unforeseen troubles; and if one doth not take particular care, will be interpreted by him as an overture of friendship and intimacy. Joseph Addison
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I should think myself a very bad woman, if I had done what I do for a farthing less. Joseph Addison
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