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Joseph Addison
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Virgil has very finely touched upon the female passion for dress and shows, in the character of Camilla; who though she seems to have shaken off all the other weaknesses of her sex, is still described as a woman in this particular. Joseph Addison

There is noting truly valuable which can be purchased without pains and labor. The gods have set a price upon every real and noble pleasure. Joseph Addison

Nothing lies on our hands with such uneasiness as time. Wretched and thoughtless creatures! In the only place where covetousness were a virtue we turn prodigals. Joseph Addison

It is not the business of virtue to extirpate the affections of the mind, but to regulate them. Joseph Addison

A thousand glorious actions that might claim Triumphant laurels, and immortal fame, Confus'd in crowds of glorious actions lie, And troops of heroes undistinguished die. Joseph Addison

A friend exaggerates a man's virtues; an enemy inflames his crimes. Joseph Addison

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

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

Self discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another. Joseph Addison

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

What a pity is it That we can die but once to save our country! Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A cheerful temper joined with innocence will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful and wit good-natured. Joseph Addison

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

Adulterers, in the first stages of the church, were excommunicated forever, and unqualified all their lives for bearing a part in Christian assemblies, notwithstanding they might seek it with tears, and all the appearances of the most unfeigned repentance. Joseph Addison

The Fear of Death often proves Mortal. Joseph Addison

A money-lender-he serves you in the present tense; he lends you in the conditional mood; keeps you in the conjunctive; and ruins you in the future. Joseph Addison

Silence is sometimes more significant and sublime than the most noble and most expressive eloquence, and is on many occasions the indication of a great mind. Joseph Addison

True modesty avoids everything that is criminal; false modesty everything that is unfashionable. Joseph Addison

Mere bashfulness without merit is awkward; and merit without modesty, insolent. But modest merit has a double claim to acceptance, and generally meets with as many patrons as beholders. Joseph Addison

Courage that grows from constitution very often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it, and when it is only a kind of instinct in the Soul breaks out on all occasions without judgment or discretion. That courage which proceeds from the sense of our duty, and from the fear of offending Him that made us, acts always in a uniform manner, and according to the dictates of right reason. Joseph Addison

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

A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature. Joseph Addison

We have in England a particular bashfulness in every thing that regards religion. Joseph Addison

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed. Joseph Addison

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

Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly. Joseph Addison

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

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

There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol. Joseph Addison

To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude. Joseph Addison

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

Life is not long enough for a coquette to play all her tricks in. Joseph Addison

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

Facts are plain spoken; hopes and figures are its aversion. Joseph Addison

Talk not of comfort -'tis for lighter ills, I will indulge my sorrow, and give way To all the pangs and fury of despair. Joseph Addison

Honour's a sacred tie, the law of kings, The noble mind's distinguishing perfection That aids and strengthens virtue where it meets her And imitates her actions where she is not: It is not to be sported with. Joseph Addison

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

A true critic ought rather to dwell upon excellences than imperfections, to discern the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation. Joseph Addison

There is more of turn than of truth in a saying of Seneca, That drunkenness does not produce but discover faults. Common experience teaches the contrary. Wine throws a man out of himself, and infuses dualities into the mind which she is a stranger to in her sober moments. Joseph Addison

I consider a human soul without education like marble in the quarry, which shows none of its inherent beauties until the skill of the polisher fetches out the colors and makes the surface shine. Joseph Addison

Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to win all the duties of life. Joseph Addison

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

The truth of it is, there is nothing in history which is so improving to the reader as those accounts which we meet with of the death of eminent persons and of their behavior in that dreadful season. Joseph Addison

Half the misery of human life might be extinguished, would men alleviate the general curse they lie under, by mutual offices of compassion, benevolence, and humanity. Joseph Addison

The jealous man's disease is of so malignant a nature that it converts all it takes into its own nourishment. Joseph Addison

Where vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station. Joseph Addison

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

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

The spacious firmament on high, And all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim. Joseph Addison

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

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

Nothing, says Longinus, can be great, the contempt of which is great. Joseph Addison

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

The head has the most beautiful appearance, as well as the highest station, in a human figure. Joseph Addison

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

Man is the merriest species of the creation; all above or below him are serious. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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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