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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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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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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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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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Music raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions: it strengthens and advances praise into rapture. 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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We are apt to rely upon future prospects, and become really expensive while we are only rich in possibility. We live up to our expectations, not to our possessions, and make a figure proportionable to what we may be, not what we are. Joseph Addison
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Contentment produces, in some measure, all those effects which the alchemist usually ascribes to what he calls the philosopher's stone; and if it does not bring riches, it does the same thing by banishing the desire for them. Joseph Addison
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A fine coat is but a livery when the person who wears it discovers no higher sense than that of a footman. Joseph Addison
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Fame is a good so wholly foreign to our natures that we have no faculty in the soul adapted to it, nor any organ in the body to relish it; an object of desire placed out of the possibility of fruition. Joseph Addison
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It is folly to seek the approbation of any being besides the Supreme. Joseph Addison
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The moral perfections of the Deity, the more attentively, we consider, the more perfectly still shall we know them. 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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Among the English authors, Shakespeare has incomparably excelled all others. That noble extravagance of fancy, which he had in so great perfection, thoroughly qualified him to touch the weak, superstitious part of his readers' imagination, and made him capable of succeeding where he had nothing to support him besides the strength of his own genius. Joseph Addison
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It has been said in praise of some men, that they could take whole hours together upon anything; but it must be owned to the honor of the other sex that there are many among them who can talk whole hours together upon nothing. I have known a woman branch out into a long extempore dissertation on the edging of a petticoat, and chide her servant for breaking a china cup, in all the figures of rhetoric. Joseph Addison
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A virtuous mind in a fair body is indeed a fine picture in a food light, and therefore it is no wonder that it makes the beautiful sex all over charms. Joseph Addison
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A man who is furnished with arguments from the mint will convince his antagonist much sooner than one who draws them from reason and philosophy. 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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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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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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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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The moral virtues, without religion are but cold, lifeless, and insipid; it is only religion which opens the mind to great conceptions, fills it with the most sublime ideas, and warms the soul with more than sensual pleasures. Joseph Addison
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If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius. 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 perpetual succession of miracles rising into view. Joseph Addison
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Is it not wonderful, that the love of the [animal] parent should be so violent while it lasts and that it should last no longer than is necessary for the preservation of the young? Joseph Addison
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Let echo, too, perform her part, Prolonging every note with art; And in a low expiring strain, Play all the concert o'er again. 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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The ideal man bears the accidents of life With dignity and grace, the best of circumstances. Joseph Addison
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From hence, let fierce contending nations know, What dire effects from civil discord flow. Joseph Addison
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I would... earnestly advise them for their good to order this paper to be punctually served up, and to be looked upon as a part of the tea equipage. Joseph Addison
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Health and cheerfulness mutually beget each other. Joseph Addison
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Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue. Joseph Addison
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If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is. Joseph Addison
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A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of. Joseph Addison
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Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion. Joseph Addison
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We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us. Joseph Addison
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The unjustifiable severity of a parent is loaded with this aggravation, that those whom he injures are always in his sight. Joseph Addison
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If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it. Joseph Addison
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To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement. Joseph Addison
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Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes. Joseph Addison
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True benevolence or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation. Joseph Addison
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Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed. Joseph Addison
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But silence never shows itself to so great an advantage, as when it is made the reply to calumny and defamation, provided that we give no just occasion for them. Joseph Addison
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If men of eminence are exposed to censure on one hand, they are as much liable to flattery on the other. If they receive reproaches which are not due to them, they likewise receive praises which they do not deserve. Joseph Addison
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A misery is not to be measure from the nature of the evil but from the temper of the sufferer. Joseph Addison
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Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Joseph Addison
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Temperance gives nature her full play, and enables her to exert herself in all her force and vigor. Joseph Addison
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Colors speak all languages. Joseph Addison
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Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world, and ignorance of mankind. Joseph Addison
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It is impossible for us, who live in the latter ages of the world, to make observations in criticism, morality, or in any art or science, which have not been touched upon by others. We have little else left us but to represent the common sense of mankind in more strong, more beautiful, or more uncommon lights. Joseph Addison
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We find that Good and Evil happen alike to all Men on this Side of the Grave; and as the principle Design of Tragedy is to raise Commiseration and Terror in the Minds of the Audience, we shall defeat this great End, if we always make Virtue and Innocence happy and successful. Joseph Addison
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The English Writers of Tragedy are possessed with a Notion, that when they represent a virtuous or innocent Person in Distress, they ought not to leave him till they have delivered him out of his Troubles, or made him triumph over his Enemies. Joseph Addison
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