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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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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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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
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Music when thus applied raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions. It strengthens devotion, and advances praise into rapture. Joseph Addison
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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
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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
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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
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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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Music raises in the mind of the hearer great conceptions: it strengthens and advances praise into rapture. Joseph Addison
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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
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For ever singing as they shine, The hand that made us is divine. 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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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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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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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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Without constancy there is neither love, friendship, nor virtue in the world. 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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A cheerful temper, joined with innocence will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful, and wit good-natured. Joseph Addison
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The hours of a wise man are lengthened by his ideas. Joseph Addison
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God discovers the martyr and confessor without the trial of flames and tortures, and will hereafter entitle many to the reward of actions which they had never the opportunity of performing. Joseph Addison
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A satire should expose nothing but what is corrigible, and should make a due discrimination between those that are and those that are not the proper objects of it. Joseph Addison
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Among the writers of antiquity there are none who instruct us more openly in the manners of their respective times in which they lived than those who have employed themselves in satire, under whatever dress it may appear. Joseph Addison
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A thousand trills and quivering sounds In airy circles o'er us fly, Till, wafted by a gentle breeze, They faint and languish by degrees, And at a distance die. 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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See in what peace a Christian can die. Joseph Addison
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The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasures. Joseph Addison
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In my Lucia's absence Life hangs upon me, and becomes a burden; I am ten times undone, while hope, and fear, And grief, and rage and love rise up at once, And with variety of pain distract me. Joseph Addison
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We cannot be guilty of a greater act of uncharitableness, than to interpret the afflictions which befall our neighbors as punishments and judgments. Joseph Addison
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Blesses his stars and thinks it luxury. Joseph Addison
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Nothing that is not a real crime makes a man appear so contemptible and little in the eyes of the world as inconsistency, especially when it regards religion or party. In either of these cases, though a man perhaps does but his duty in changing his side, he not only makes himself hated by those he left, but is seldom heartily esteemed by those he comes over to. Joseph Addison
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A man must be excessively stupid, as well as uncharitable, who believes that there is no virtue but on his own side, and that there are not men as honest as himself who may differ from him in political principles. Joseph Addison
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