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Joseph Addison
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The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers, And heavily in clouds brings on the day, The great, the important day, big with the fate Of Cato and of Rome. Joseph Addison

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

It is a fine simile in one of Mr. Congreve's prologues which compares a writer to a battering gamester that stakes all his winnings upon one cast, so that if he loses the last throw he is sure to be undone. Joseph Addison

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Joseph Addison

There is something very sublime, though very fanciful, in Plato's description of the Supreme Being, - that truth is His body and light His shadow. According to this definition there is nothing so contradictory to his nature as error and falsehood. Joseph Addison

Tis the divinity that stirs within us; 'Tis Heaven itself that points out an hereafter, And intimates eternity to man. Joseph Addison

He who would pass the declining years with honor and comfort, should when young, consider that he might one day become old, and remember when he is old, that he had once been young. Joseph Addison

Virtues that shun the day, and lie concealed in the smooth seasons and the calm of life. Joseph Addison

I am sick of this bad world! The daylight and the sun grow painful to me. Joseph Addison

Oh, Liberty! thou goddess heavenly bright! Profuse of bliss, and pregnant with delight! Eternal pleasures in thy presence reign, And smiling plenty leads thy wanton train. Joseph Addison

A cobbler,... produced several new grins of his own invention, having been used to cut faces for many years together over his last. Joseph Addison

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

A friendship that makes the least noise is very often the most useful; for which reason I should prefer a prudent friend to a zealous one. Joseph Addison

In all thy humors, whether grave or mellow, Thou'rt such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow, Hast so much wit and mirth, and spleen about thee, That there's no living with thee, nor without thee. Joseph Addison

To check the starts and sallies of the soul, and break off all its commerce with the tongue. Joseph Addison

The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim. Forever singing, as they shine, The hand that made us is divine. Joseph Addison

An opera may be allowed to be extravagantly lavish in its decorations, as its only design is to gratify the senses and keep up an indolent attention in the audience. Joseph Addison

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

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

Blesses his stars and thinks it luxury. Joseph Addison

See in what peace a Christian can die. Joseph Addison

The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasures. Joseph Addison

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

Allegories, when well chosen, are like so many tracks of light in a discourse, that make everything about them clear and beautiful. Joseph Addison

I consider time as an in immense ocean, in which many noble authors are entirely swallowed up. Joseph Addison

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

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

Devotion, when it does not lie under the check of reason, is apt to degenerate into enthusiasm. Joseph Addison

What can that man fear who takes care to please a Being that is able to crush all his adversaries? Joseph Addison

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

One may know a man that never conversed in the world, by his excess of good-breeding. Joseph Addison

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

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

The pride of woman, natural to her, never sleeps until modesty is gone. Joseph Addison

Riches are apt to betray a man into arrogance. Joseph Addison

If ridicule were employed to laugh men out of vice and folly, it might be of some use. Joseph Addison

The religious man fears, the man of honor scorns, to do an ill action. Joseph Addison

An evil intention perverts the best actions, and makes them sins. Joseph Addison

Love, anger, pride and avarice all visibly move in those little orbs. Joseph Addison

A source of cheerfulness to a good mind is the consideration of that Being on whom we have our dependence, and in whom, though we behold Him as yet but in the first faint discoveries of His perfections, we see everything that we can imagine as great glorious, or amiable. We find ourselves everywhere upheld by His goodness and surrounded by an immensity of love and mercy. Joseph Addison

It is certain that there is no other passion which does produce such contrary effects in so great a degree. But this may be said for love, that if you strike it out of the soul, life would be insipid, and our being but half animated. Joseph Addison

Music is the only sensual gratification which mankind may indulge in to excess without injury to their moral or religious feelings. Joseph Addison

It generally takes its rise either from an ill-will to mankind, a private inclination to make ourselves esteemed, an ostentation of wit, and vanity of being thought in the secrets of the world; or from a desire of gratifying any of these dispositions of mind in those persons with whom we converse. Joseph Addison

There is a sort of economy in Providence that one shall excel where another is defective, in order to make men more useful to each other, and mix them in society. Joseph Addison

Sir Francis Bacon observed that a well-written book, compared with its rivals and antagonists, is like Moses' serpent, that immediately swallowed up and devoured those of the Egyptians. Joseph Addison

The hours of a wise man are lengthened by his ideas, as those of a fool are by his passions. The time of the one is long, because he does not know what to do with it; so is that of the other, because he distinguishes every moment of it with useful or amusing thoughts-or, in other words, because the one is always wishing it away, and the other always enjoying it. Joseph Addison

Vanity is the natural weakness of an ambitious man, which exposes him to the secret scorn and derision of those he converses with, and ruins the character he is so industrious to advance by it. Joseph Addison

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

A cheerful temper, joined with innocence will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful, and wit good-natured. Joseph Addison

It must be so, Plato, thou reason'st well! Joseph Addison

Health and happiness give rise to each other. Joseph Addison

As vivacity is the gift of women, gravity is that of men. Joseph Addison

There is nothing that more betrays a base ungenerous spirit than the giving of secret stabs to a man's reputation. Lampoons and satires, that are written with wit and spirit, are like poisoned darts, which not only inflict a wound, but make it incurable. Joseph Addison

Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another. Joseph Addison

On you, my lord, with anxious fear I wait, And from your judgment must expect my fate. Joseph Addison

Great Pompey's shade complains that we are slow, And Scipio's ghost walks unavenged amongst us! Joseph Addison

When love's well-timed 'tis not a fault of love; The strong, the brave, the virtuous, and the wise, Sink in the soft captivity together. Joseph Addison

Loveliest of women! heaven is in thy soul, Beauty and virtue shine forever round thee, Bright'ning each other! thou art all divine! Joseph Addison

Curse on his virtues! they've undone his country. Joseph Addison

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

Blessings may appear under the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let him have patience, and he will see them in their proper figures. Joseph Addison

A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer. Joseph Addison

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

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

If men, who in their hearts are friends to a government, forbear giving it their utmost assistance against its enemies, they put it in the power of a few desperate men to ruin the welfare of those who are much superior to them in strength, number, and interest. Joseph Addison

Justice is that which is practiced by God himself, and to be practiced in its perfection by none but him. Omniscience and omnipotence are requisite for the full exertion of it. Joseph Addison

Though a man has all other perfections, and wants discretion, he will be of no great consequence in the world; but if he has this single talent in perfection, and but a common share of others, he may do what he pleases in his station of life. Joseph Addison

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul. Joseph Addison

A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes. Joseph Addison

A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes. Joseph Addison

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