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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

The hours of a wise man are lengthened by his ideas. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue. Joseph Addison

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

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

Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion. Joseph Addison

We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us. Joseph Addison

The unjustifiable severity of a parent is loaded with this aggravation, that those whom he injures are always in his sight. Joseph Addison

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

To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement. Joseph Addison

The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship. Joseph Addison

My voice is still for war. 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

He only is a great man who can neglect the applause of the multitude and enjoy himself independent of its favor. Joseph Addison

There is no defense against reproach, but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness. Joseph Addison

Tradition is an important help to history, but its statements should be carefully scrutinized before we rely on them. Joseph Addison

A man's reputation draws eyes upon him that will narrowly inspect every part of him. Joseph Addison

Cleanliness may be defined to be the emblem of purity of mind. Joseph Addison

Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible. Joseph Addison

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

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

Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity. Joseph Addison

As vivacity is the gift of woman, gravity is that of man. Joseph Addison

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

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

Who does not more admire Cicero as an author than as a consul of Rome? Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

If I can in any way contribute to the Diversion or Improvement of the Country in which I live, I shall leave it, when I am summoned out of it, with the secret Satisfaction of thinking that I have not lived in vain. Joseph Addison

Encourage innocent amusement. Joseph Addison

The moderns cannot reach their beauties, but can avoid their imperfections. Joseph Addison

The most exquisite words and finest strokes of an author are those which very often appear the most doubtful and exceptionable to a man who wants a relish for polite learning; and they are those which a sour undistinguishing critic generally attacks with the greatest violence. Joseph Addison

There is nothing which one regards so much with an eye of mirth and pity as innocence when it has in it a dash of folly. Joseph Addison

Plutarch says very finely that a man should not allow himself to hate even his enemies. Joseph Addison

It must be a prospect pleasing to God Himself to see His creation forever beautifying in His eyes, and drawing nearer Him by greater degrees of resemblance. Joseph Addison

The great number of the Jews furnishes us with a sufficient cloud of witnesses that attest the truth of the Bible. Joseph Addison

It is impossible for authors to discover beauties in one another's works; they have eyes only for spots and blemishes. Joseph Addison

There is a kind of grandeur and respect which the meanest and most insignificant part of mankind endeavor to procure in the little circle of their friends and acquaintance. The poorest mechanic, nay, the man who lives upon common alms, gets him his set of admirers, and delights in that superiority which he enjoys over those who are in some respects beneath him. This ambition, which is natural to the soul of man, might, methinks, receive a very happy turn; and, if it were rightly directed, contribute as much to a person's advantage, as it generally does to his uneasiness and disquiet. Joseph Addison

T is liberty crowns Britannia's Isle, And makes her barren rocks and her bleak mountains smile. Joseph Addison

Many actions calculated to procure fame are not conducive to ultimate happiness. Joseph Addison

It is of unspeakable advantage to possess our minds with an habitual good intention, and to aim all our thoughts, words, and actions at some laudable end. Joseph Addison

A contemplation of God's works, a generous concern for the good of mankind, and the unfeigned exercise of humility only, denominate men great and glorious. Joseph Addison

A soul exasperated in ills, falls out With everything, its friend, itself. Joseph Addison

T is the Divinity that stirs within us. Joseph Addison

With what astonishment and veneration may we look into our own souls, where there are such hidden stores of virtue and knowledge, such inexhaustible sources of perfection. We know not yet what we shall be, nor will it ever enter into the heart to conceive the glory that will be always in reserve for it. Joseph Addison

There is nothing in which men more deceive themselves than in what they call zeal. Joseph Addison

Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible. Vice is infamous, though in a prince, and virtue honorable, though in a peasant. Joseph Addison

There is no defence against reproach, but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness. Joseph Addison

Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below. Joseph Addison

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

When hosts of foes with foes engage, And round th' anointed hero rage, The cleaving fauchion I misguide, And turn the feather'd shaft aside. Joseph Addison

Better to die ten thousand deaths, Than wound my honour. Joseph Addison

Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover, Fades in his eye, and palls upon the sense. Joseph Addison

What means this heaviness that hangs upon me? This lethargy that creeps through all my senses? Nature, oppress'd and harrass'd out with care, Sinks down to rest. Joseph Addison

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