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Joseph Addison
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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible. 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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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
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Encourage innocent amusement. Joseph Addison
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The moderns cannot reach their beauties, but can avoid their imperfections. Joseph Addison
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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
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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
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Plutarch says very finely that a man should not allow himself to hate even his enemies. Joseph Addison
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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
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The great number of the Jews furnishes us with a sufficient cloud of witnesses that attest the truth of the Bible. Joseph Addison
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It is impossible for authors to discover beauties in one another's works; they have eyes only for spots and blemishes. Joseph Addison
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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
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T is liberty crowns Britannia's Isle, And makes her barren rocks and her bleak mountains smile. Joseph Addison
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Many actions calculated to procure fame are not conducive to ultimate happiness. Joseph Addison
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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
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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
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A soul exasperated in ills, falls out With everything, its friend, itself. Joseph Addison
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T is the Divinity that stirs within us. Joseph Addison
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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
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There is nothing in which men more deceive themselves than in what they call zeal. 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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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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Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below. 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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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
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Better to die ten thousand deaths, Than wound my honour. Joseph Addison
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Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover, Fades in his eye, and palls upon the sense. Joseph Addison
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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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There in no virtue so truly great and godlike as justice. Joseph Addison
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A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves a constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can possibly befall us. Joseph Addison
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Gifts and alms are the expressions, not the essence, of this virtue. 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 runs, The man who lives by hope, will die by hunger. Joseph Addison
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Death only closes a Man's Reputation, and determines it as good or bad. Joseph Addison
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When all thy mercies, O my God, My rising soul surveys, Transported with the view, I'm lost In wonder, love and praise. Joseph Addison
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What though no real voice nor sound Amid their radiant orbs be found ; In reason's ear they all rejoice, And utter forth a glorious voice, Forever singing as they shine, The Hand that made us divine. Joseph Addison
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