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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Infusion of a China plant sweetened with the pith of an Indian Cane. 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 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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To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude. 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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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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Oh! think what anxious moments pass between The birth of plots, and their last fatal periods, Oh! 'tis a dreadful interval of time, Filled up with horror all, and big with death! Joseph Addison
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There is no talent so pernicious as eloquence to those who have it under command. Joseph Addison
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There is no virtue so truly great and godlike as justice. Joseph Addison
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Knavery is ever suspicious of knavery. Joseph Addison
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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
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Simonides, a poet famous in his generation, is, I think, author of the oldest satire that is now extant, and, as some say, of the first that was ever written. 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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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
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Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. Joseph Addison
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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
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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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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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That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel? Joseph Addison
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The Mind that lies fallow but a single Day, sprouts up in Follies that are only to be killed by a constant and assiduous Culture. Joseph Addison
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There is nothing more requisite in business than despatch. Joseph Addison
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He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort, should, when young, consider that he may one day become old, and remember when he is old, that he has once been young. 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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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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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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Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves. Joseph Addison
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Among the several kinds of beauty, the eye takes most delight in colors. Joseph Addison
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My voice is still for war. Gods! can a Roman senate long debate Which of the two to choose, slavery or death? Joseph Addison
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