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Joseph Addison
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A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes. Joseph Addison
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To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to recieve all the great truths which atheism would deny. 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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It must be so, Plato, thou reason'st well! Joseph Addison
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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
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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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From social intercourse are derived some of the highest enjoyments of life; where there is a free interchange of sentiments the mind acquires new ideas, and by frequent exercise of its powers, the understanding gains fresh vigor. Joseph Addison
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The Gods in bounty work up storms about us, that give mankind occasion to exert their hidden strength, and throw our into practice virtues that shun the day, and lie concealed in the smooth seasons and the calms of life. 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
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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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I shall endeavour to enliven Morality with Wit, and to temper Wit with Morality, that my Readers may, if possible, both Ways findtheir Account in the Speculation of the Day. Joseph Addison
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The only way therefore to try a Piece of Wit, is to translate it into a different Language: If it bears the Test you may pronounceit true; but if it vanishes in the Experiment you may conclude it to have been a Punn. Joseph Addison
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What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me. 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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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
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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
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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
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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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Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honoris a private station. 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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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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Riches are apt to betray a man into arrogance. Joseph Addison
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If ridicule were employed to laugh men out of vice and folly, it might be of some use. Joseph Addison
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The religious man fears, the man of honor scorns, to do an ill action. Joseph Addison
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An evil intention perverts the best actions, and makes them sins. Joseph Addison
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Love, anger, pride and avarice all visibly move in those little orbs. Joseph Addison
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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
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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
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Music is the only sensual gratification which mankind may indulge in to excess without injury to their moral or religious feelings. Joseph Addison
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Flying would give such occasions for intrigues as people cannot meet with who have nothing but legs to carry them. Joseph Addison
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I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much. I cannot recollect the words, but here is the sense of it: "What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me. Joseph Addison
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I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs. Joseph Addison
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On you, my lord, with anxious fear I wait, And from your judgment must expect my fate. Joseph Addison
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Great Pompey's shade complains that we are slow, And Scipio's ghost walks unavenged amongst us! Joseph Addison
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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
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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
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Curse on his virtues! they've undone his country. Joseph Addison
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Eternity! thou pleasing dreadful thought! Through what variety of untried being, Through what new scenes and changes must we pass! Joseph Addison
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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
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A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer. Joseph Addison
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As vivacity is the gift of women, gravity is that of men. Joseph Addison
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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
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Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another. Joseph Addison
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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
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