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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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For wheresoe'er I turn my ravish'd eyes, Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise, Poetic fields encompass me around, And still I seem to tread on classic ground. Joseph Addison
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Pedantry in learning is like hypocrisy inn religion - a form of knowledge without the power of it. Joseph Addison
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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
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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
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The jealous man's disease is of so malignant a nature that it converts all it takes into its own nourishment. Joseph Addison
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Where vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station. Joseph Addison
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O Dormer, how can I behold thy fate, And not the wonders of thy youth relate; How can I see the gay, the brave, the young, Fall in the cloud of war, and lie unsung! In joys of conquest he resigns his breath, And, filled with England's glory, smiles in death. Joseph Addison
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Tis pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul: I think the Romans call it Stoicism. Joseph Addison
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Why wilt thou add to all the griefs I suffer Imaginary ills, and fancy'd tortures? Joseph Addison
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In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, Because it is our duty. Joseph Addison
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Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, The post of honor is a private station. Joseph Addison
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The soul, secured in her existence, smiles At the drawn dagger, and defies its point. Joseph Addison
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Some virtues are only seen in affliction and some in prosperity. Joseph Addison
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The great art in writing advertisements is the finding out a proper method to catch the reader's eye; without which a good thing may pass over unobserved, or be lost among commissions of bankrupt. Joseph Addison
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All well-regulated families set apart an hour every morning for tea and bread and butter. 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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Tis not my talent to conceal my thoughts, Or carry smiles and sunshine in my face, When discontent sits heavy at my heart. Joseph Addison
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Eternity! thou pleasing dreadful thought! Through what variety of untried being, Through what new scenes and changes must we pass! Joseph Addison
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How is it possible for those who are men of honor in their persons, thus to become notorious liars in their party Joseph Addison
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O ye powers that search The heart of man, and weigh his inmost thoughts, If I have done amiss, impute it not! The best may err, but you are good. Joseph Addison
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Instability of temper ought to be checked when it disposes men to wander from one scheme to another: since such a fickleness cannot but be attended with fatal consequences. 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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There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance. Joseph Addison
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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
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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
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To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny. Joseph Addison
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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
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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
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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
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Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to win all the duties of life. Joseph Addison
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Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts; in a uniform manner. Joseph Addison
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No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority. Joseph Addison
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One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter. Joseph Addison
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The post of honour is a private station. Joseph Addison
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The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune. Joseph Addison
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The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger; the first is a perpetual call upon them to propagate their kind, the latter to preserve themselves. Joseph Addison
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The union of the Word and the Mind produces that mystery which is called Life... Learn deeply of the Mind and its mystery, for therein lies the secret of immortality. Joseph Addison
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Jesters do often prove prophets. Joseph Addison
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The disease of jealously is so malignant that is converts all it takes into its own nourishment. Joseph Addison
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We are growing serious, and, let me tell you, that's the very next step to being dull. Joseph Addison
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Artificial intelligence will never be a match for natural stupidity. Joseph Addison
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They were a people so primitive they did not know how to get money, except by working for it. Joseph Addison
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The end of a man's life is often compared to the winding up of a well written play, where the principal persons still act in character, whatever the fate in which they undergo. Joseph Addison
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Round-heads and Wooden-shoes are standing jokes. Joseph Addison
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I Have often thought if the minds of men were laid open, we should see but little difference between that of the wise man and that of the fool. There are infinite reveries, numberless extravagances, and a perpetual train of vanities which pass through both. The great difference is, that the first knows how to pick and cull his thoughts for conversation, by suppressing some, and communicating others; whereas the other lets them all indifferently fly out in words. Joseph Addison
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Plutarch has written an essay on the benefits which a man may receive from his enemies; and among the good fruits of enmity, mentions this in particular, that by the reproaches which it casts upon us, we see the worst side of ourselves. Joseph Addison
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A reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure until he knows whether the writer of it be a black man or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor. Joseph Addison
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Love is a second life ... Joseph Addison
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When a man becomes familiar with his goddess, she quickly sinks into a woman. Joseph Addison
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I always rejoice when I see a tribunal filled with a man of an upright and inflexible temper, who in the execution of his country Joseph Addison
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Female Virtues are of a Domestick turn. The Family is the proper Province for Private Women to Shine in. If they must be showing their Zeal for the Publick, let it not be against those who are perhaps of the same Family, or at least of the same Religion or Nation, but against those who are the open, professed, undoubted Enemies of their Faith, Liberty, and Country. Joseph Addison
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I think a Person who is thus terrified with the Imagination of Ghosts and Spectres much more reasonable, than one who contrary to the Reports of all Historians sacred and profane, ancient and modern, and to the Traditions of all Nations, thinks the Appearance of Spirits fabulous and groundless. Joseph Addison
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The first race of mankind used to dispute, as our ordinary people do now-a-days, in a kind of wild logic, uncultivated by rule of art. Joseph Addison
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One would fancy that the zealots in atheism would be exempt from the single fault which seems to grow out of the imprudent fervor of religion. But so it is, that irreligion is propagated with as much fierceness and contention, wrath and indignation, as if the safety of mankind depended upon it. Joseph Addison
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Our Grub-street biographers watch for the death of a great man like so many undertakers on purpose to make a penny of him. Joseph Addison
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The care of our national commerce redounds more to the riches and prosperity of the public than any other act of government. Joseph Addison
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It is pleasant to see a notorious profligate seized with a concern for religion, and converting his spleen into zeal. Joseph Addison
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E'en the rough rocks with tender myrtle bloom, and trodden weeds send out a rich perfume. Joseph Addison
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Good-breeding shows itself most where to an ordinary eye it appears the least. Joseph Addison
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In rising sighs and falling tears. Joseph Addison
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Mankind are more indebted to industry than ingenuity; the gods set up their favors at a price, and industry is the purchaser. Joseph Addison
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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
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Wine displays every little spot of the soul in its utmost deformity. Joseph Addison
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Hudibras has defined nonsense, as Cowley does wit, by negatives. Nonsense, he says, is that which is neither true nor false. These two great properties of nonsense, which are always essential to it, give it such a peculiar advantage over all other writings, that it is incapable of being either answered or contradicted. 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 bellowings and distortions of enthusiasm. Joseph Addison
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