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Joseph Addison
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It must be so, Plato, thou reason'st well! Joseph Addison
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The hours of a wise man are lengthened by his ideas. Joseph Addison
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Health and happiness give rise to each other. 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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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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Is there not some chosen curse, some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country's ruin! Joseph Addison
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A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants. Joseph Addison
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Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn. Joseph Addison
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Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness. 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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Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature. Joseph Addison
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A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side. Joseph Addison
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Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense. Joseph Addison
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There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's head-dress. Joseph Addison
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Among all kinds of Writing, there is none in which Authors are more apt to miscarry than in Works of Humour, as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel. Joseph Addison
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The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship. Joseph Addison
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My voice is still for war. 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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He only is a great man who can neglect the applause of the multitude and enjoy himself independent of its favor. Joseph Addison
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There is no defense against reproach, but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness. Joseph Addison
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Tradition is an important help to history, but its statements should be carefully scrutinized before we rely on them. Joseph Addison
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A man's reputation draws eyes upon him that will narrowly inspect every part of him. Joseph Addison
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Cleanliness may be defined to be the emblem of purity of mind. Joseph Addison
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Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible. Joseph Addison
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Irresolution on the schemes of life which offer themselves to our choice, and inconstancy in pursuing them, are the greatest causes of all our unhappiness. Joseph Addison
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I 'm weary of conjectures,-this must end 'em. Thus am I doubly armed: my death and life, My bane and antidote, are both before me: This in a moment brings me to an end; But this informs me I shall never die. The soul, secured in her existence, smiles At the drawn dagger, and defies its point. The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and Nature sink in years; But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the war of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds. Joseph Addison
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Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands. Joseph Addison
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When a man has been guilty of any vice or folly, the best atonement he can make for it is to warn others not to fall into the like. Joseph Addison
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Of all hardness of heart there is none so inexcusable as that of parents toward their children. An obstinate, inflexible, unforgiving temper is odious upon all occasions; but here it is unnatural. Joseph Addison
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A thousand glorious actions that might claim Triumphant laurels, and immortal fame, Confus'd in crowds of glorious actions lie, And troops of heroes undistinguished die. Joseph Addison
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When love once pleads admission to our hearts, (In spite of all the virtue we can boast), The woman that deliberates is lost. Joseph Addison
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A man may smoke, or drink, or take snuff, till he is unable to pass away his time without it, not to mention how our delight in any particular study, art, or science, rises and improves in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus, what was at first an exercise, becomes at length an entertainment. Joseph Addison
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A money-lender. He serves you in the present tense; he lends you in the conditional mood; keeps you in the subjunctive; and ruins you in the future! Joseph Addison
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Calm and serene he drives the furious blast, And, pleas'd th' Almighty's orders for perform, Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm. Joseph Addison
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As for the ass's behavior in such nice circumstances; whether he would starve sooner than violate his neutrality to the two bundles of hay, I shall not presume to determine. Joseph Addison
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Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity. Joseph Addison
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As vivacity is the gift of woman, gravity is that of man. Joseph Addison
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The man who will live above his present circumstances is in great danger of living in a little time much beneath them, or, as the Italian proverb says: The man who lives by hope will die by despair. Joseph Addison
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Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. Joseph Addison
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Mysterious love, uncertain treasure, hast thou more of pain or pleasure! Endless torments dwell about thee: Yet who would live, and live without thee! Joseph Addison
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How beautiful is death, when earn'd by virtue! Joseph Addison
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A wealthy doctor who can help a poor man, and will not without a fee, has less sense of humanity than a poor ruffian, who kills a rich man to supply his necessities. Joseph Addison
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One hope no sooner dies in us but another rises up in its stead. We are apt to fancy that we shall be happy and satisfied if we possess ourselves of such and such particular enjoyments; but either by reason of their emptiness, or the natural inquietude of the mind, we have no sooner gained one point, but we extend our hopes to another. We still find new inviting scenes and landscapes lying behind those which at a distance terminated our view. Joseph Addison
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Though there is a benevolence due to all mankind, none can question but a superior degree of it is to be paid to a father, a wife, or child. In the same manner, though our love should reach to the whole species, a greater proportion of it should exert itself towards that community in which Providence has placed us. This is our proper sphere of action, the province allotted us for the exercise of our civil virtues, and in which alone we have opportunities of expressing our goodwill to mankind. Joseph Addison
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There are a sort of knight-errants in the world, who, quite contrary to those in romance, are perpetually seeking adventures to bring virgins into distress, and to ruin innocence. When men of rank and figure pass away their lives in these criminal pursuits and practices, they ought to consider that they render themselves more vile and despicable than any innocent man can be, whatever low station his fortune or birth have placed him in. Joseph Addison
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I do not propose to our British ladies, that they should turn Amazons in the service of their sovereign, nor so much as let their nails grow for the defence of their country. The men will take the work of the field off their hands, and show the world, that English valour cannot be matched when it is animated by English beauty. Joseph Addison
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There is no passion that steals into the heart more imperceptibly and covers itself under more disguises than pride. Joseph Addison
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A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart. Joseph Addison
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The utmost we can hope for in this world is contentment; if we aim at anything higher, we shall meet with nothing but grief and disappointment. A man should direct all his studies and endeavors at making himself easy now and happy hereafter. Joseph Addison
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Who does not more admire Cicero as an author than as a consul of Rome? Joseph Addison
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When I read the rules of criticism, I immediately inquire after the works of the author who has written them, and by that means discover what it is he likes in a composition. Joseph Addison
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My death and life, My bane and antidote, are both before me. Joseph Addison
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This party spirit has so ill an effect on our morals, it has likewise a very great one upon our judgments. Joseph Addison
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Yet then from all my grief, O Lord, Thy mercy set me free, Whilst in the confidence of pray'r My soul took hold on thee. Joseph Addison
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The statue lies hid in a block of marble; and the art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous matter, and removes the rubbish. Joseph Addison
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Why, a spirit is such a little, little thing, that I have heard man, who was a great scholar, say that he'll dance ye a hornpipe upon the point of a needle. Joseph Addison
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Is it not wonderful, that the love of the 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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There is no society or conversation to be kept up in the world without good-nature, or something which must bear its appearance and supply its place. For this reason mankind have been forced to invent a kind of artificial humanity, which is what we express by the word Good-Breeding. Joseph Addison
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A state of temperance, sobriety and justice without devotion is a cold, lifeless, insipid condition of virtue, and is rather to be styled philosophy than religion. Joseph Addison
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Two persons who have chosen each other out of all the species with a design to be each other's mutual comfort and entertainment have, in that action, bound themselves to be good-humored, affable, discreet, forgiving, patient, and joyful, with respect to each other's frailties and perfections, to the end of their lives. Joseph Addison
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Marriage enlarges the scene of our happiness and miseries. A marriage of love is pleasant; a marriage of interest, easy; and a marriage where both meet, happy. A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendship, all the enjoyments of sense and reason, and, indeed, all the sweets of life. Joseph Addison
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