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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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A cheerful temper, joined with innocence will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful, and wit good-natured. 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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What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul. Joseph Addison
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A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes. 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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Without constancy, there is neither love, friendship, nor virtue in the world. Joseph Addison
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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
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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
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To check the starts and sallies of the soul, and break off all its commerce with the tongue. Joseph Addison
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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
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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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Health and happiness give rise to each other. 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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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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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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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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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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The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Joseph Addison
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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
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Tis the divinity that stirs within us; 'Tis Heaven itself that points out an hereafter, And intimates eternity to man. Joseph Addison
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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
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Virtues that shun the day, and lie concealed in the smooth seasons and the calm of life. Joseph Addison
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I am sick of this bad world! The daylight and the sun grow painful to me. Joseph Addison
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