Joseph Addison Quotes & Wallpapers

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

There is nobody so weak of invention that cannot make some little stories to villify his enemy. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

One of the most important but one of the most difficult things for a powerful mind is to be its own master. Joseph Addison

The Infusion of a China plant sweetened with the pith of an Indian Cane. Joseph Addison

All well-regulated families set apart an hour every morning for tea and bread and butter. Joseph Addison

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

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

Tis pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul: I think the Romans call it Stoicism. Joseph Addison

Why wilt thou add to all the griefs I suffer Imaginary ills, and fancy'd tortures? Joseph Addison

In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, Because it is our duty. Joseph Addison

Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, The post of honor is a private station. Joseph Addison

The soul, secured in her existence, smiles At the drawn dagger, and defies its point. Joseph Addison

Some virtues are only seen in affliction and some in prosperity. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

I should think myself a very bad woman, if I had done what I do for a farthing less. Joseph Addison

Hunting is not a proper employment for a thinking man. Joseph Addison

A few persons of an odious and despised country could not have filled the world with believers, had they not shown undoubted credentials from the divine person who sent them on such a message. Joseph Addison

Were I to prescribe a rule for drinking, it should be formed upon a saying quoted by Sir William Temple: the first glass for myself, the second for my friends, the third for good humor, and the fourth for mine enemies. Joseph Addison

Quick sensitivity is inseperable from a ready understanding. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

Eternity! thou pleasing dreadful thought! Through what variety of untried being, Through what new scenes and changes must we pass! Joseph Addison

How is it possible for those who are men of honor in their persons, thus to become notorious liars in their party Joseph Addison

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

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

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

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority. Joseph Addison

One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter. Joseph Addison

The post of honour is a private station. Joseph Addison

The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune. Joseph Addison

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

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

Jesters do often prove prophets. Joseph Addison

The disease of jealously is so malignant that is converts all it takes into its own nourishment. Joseph Addison

We are growing serious, and, let me tell you, that's the very next step to being dull. Joseph Addison

Artificial intelligence will never be a match for natural stupidity. Joseph Addison

They were a people so primitive they did not know how to get money, except by working for it. Joseph Addison

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

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

To be perfectly just is an attribute in the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man. Joseph Addison

Without constancy there is neither love, friendship, nor virtue in the world. Joseph Addison

For ever singing as they shine, The hand that made us is divine. Joseph Addison

Among the several kinds of beauty, the eye takes most delight in colors. Joseph Addison

If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world. Joseph Addison

Music when thus applied raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions. It strengthens devotion, and advances praise into rapture. Joseph Addison

If the minds of men were laid open, we should see but little difference between them and that of the fool; there are infinite reveries and numberless extravagancies pass through both. Joseph Addison

Labor or exercise ferments the humors, casts them into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature in those secret distributions without which the body cannot subsist in its vigor nor the soul act with cheerfulness. Joseph Addison

For whereso'er I turn my ravished eyes, Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise; Poetic fields encompass me around, And still I seem to tread on classic ground. Joseph Addison

How is it possible for those who are men of honor in their persons, thus to become notorious liars in their party? Joseph Addison

Love is a second life ... Joseph Addison

When a man becomes familiar with his goddess, she quickly sinks into a woman. Joseph Addison

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

Beauty commonly produces love, but cleanliness preserves it. Age itself is not unamiable while it is preserved clean and unsullied; like a piece of metal constantly kept smooth and bright, we look on it with more pleasure than on a new vessel cankered with rust. 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

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

If there's a power above us, (And that there is all nature cries aloud Through all her works,) he must delight in virtue. Joseph Addison

Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. Joseph Addison

Music raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions: it strengthens and advances praise into rapture. Joseph Addison

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

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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