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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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Without constancy there is neither love, friendship, nor virtue 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It must be so, Plato, thou reason'st well! 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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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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Half the misery of human life might be extinguished if men would alleviate the general curse they lie under by mutual offices of compassion, benevolence, and humanity. Joseph Addison
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If gratitude, when exerted towards another, naturally produces a very pleasing sensation in the mind of a grateful man, it exalts the soul into rapture when it is employed on this great object of gratitude to the beneficent Being who has given us everything we already possess, and from whom we expect everything we yet hope for. Joseph Addison
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Allegories, when well chosen, are like so many tracks of light in a discourse, that make everything about them clear and beautiful. Joseph Addison
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I consider time as an in immense ocean, in which many noble authors are entirely swallowed up. Joseph Addison
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That courage which arises from the sense of our duty, and from the fear of offending Him that made us, acts always in a uniform manner, and according to the dictates of right reason. Joseph Addison
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Every man in the time of courtship and in the first entrance of marriage, puts on a behavior like my correspondent's holiday suit. Joseph Addison
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Devotion, when it does not lie under the check of reason, is apt to degenerate into enthusiasm. Joseph Addison
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What can that man fear who takes care to please a Being that is able to crush all his adversaries? Joseph Addison
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The productions of a great genius, with many lapses and inadvertences, are infinitely preferable to the works of an inferior kind of author which are scrupulously exact, and conformable to all the rules of correct writing. Joseph Addison
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One may know a man that never conversed in the world, by his excess of good-breeding. Joseph Addison
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An indiscreet man is more hurtful than an ill-natured one; for as the latter will only attack his enemies, and those he wishes ill to, the other injures indifferently both friends and foes. Joseph Addison
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The passion for praise, which is so very vehement in the fair sex, produces excellent effects in women of sense, who desire to be admired for that which only deserves admiration. Joseph Addison
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The pride of woman, natural to her, never sleeps until modesty is gone. Joseph Addison
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