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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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Health and happiness give rise to each other. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Cleanliness may be defined to be the emblem of purity of mind. 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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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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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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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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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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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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