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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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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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There is no defence against reproach, but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness. 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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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
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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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Cleanliness may be defined to be the emblem of purity of mind. Joseph Addison
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Physic, for the most part, is nothing else but the substitute of exercise and temperance. Joseph Addison
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But in all despotic governments, though a particular prince may favour arts and letter, there is a natural degeneracy of mankind. Joseph Addison
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Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below. Music can noble hints impart, Engender fury, kindle love; 40 With unsuspected eloquence can move, And manage all the man with secret art. When Orpheus strikes the trembling lyre The streams stand still, the stones admire; The listening savages advance, The world and lamb around him trip The bears in aukward measures leap, And tigers mingle in the dance The moving woods attended as he played And Rhodope was left without a shade. Joseph Addison
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Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty; but beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature. Joseph Addison
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Our forefathers looked upon nature with more reverence and horror, before the world was enlightened by learning and philosophy, and loved to astonish themselves with the apprehensions of witchcraft, prodigies, charms, and inchantments. There was not a village in England that had not a ghost in it, the church-yards were all haunted, every large common had a circle of fairies belonging to it, and there was scarce a shepherd to be met with who had not seen a spirit. Joseph Addison
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Exercise ferments the humors, casts them into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature in those secret distributions, without which the body cannot subsist in its vigor, nor the soul act with cheerfulness. Joseph Addison
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The circumstance which gives authors an advantage above all these great masters, is this, that they can multiply their originals; or rather, can make copies of their works, to what number they please, which shall be as valuable as the originals themselves. Joseph Addison
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Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses. 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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Three 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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Those Marriages generally abound most with Love and Constancy, that are preceded by a long Courtship. Joseph Addison
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Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble. Joseph Addison
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It is the duty of all who make philosophy the entertainment of their lives, to turn their thoughts to practical schemes for the good of society, and not pass away their time in fruitless searches, which tend rather to the ostentation of knowledge than the service of life. Joseph Addison
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Conspiracies no sooner should be formed Than executed. Joseph Addison
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I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs. Joseph Addison
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Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object. Joseph Addison
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I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair. Joseph Addison
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A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation. Joseph Addison
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It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution. Joseph Addison
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The utmost extent of man's knowledge, is to know that he knows nothing. Joseph Addison
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The Lord my pasture shall prepare, And feed me with a shepherd's care; His presence shall my wants supply, And guard me with a watchful eye. Joseph Addison
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This not in mortals to command success, but we'll do more, Sempronius, we'll deserve it. Joseph Addison
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In all thy humours, whether grave or mellow, Thou'rt such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow, Hast so much wit and mirth and spleen about thee, There is no living with thee, nor without thee. Joseph Addison
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There is not any present moment that is unconnected with some future one. The life of every man is a continued chain of incidents, each link of which hangs upon the former. Joseph Addison
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Physic is, for the most part, only a substitute for temperance and exercise. Joseph Addison
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Good Nature, and Evenness of Temper, will give you an easie Companion for Life; Vertue and good Sense, an agreeable Friend; Love and Constancy, a good Wife or Husband. Where we meet one Person with all these Accomplishments, we find an Hundred without any one of them. Joseph Addison
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One would wonder to hear skeptical men disputing for the reason of animals, and telling us it is only our pride and prejudices that will not allow them the use of that faculty. Reason shows itself in all occurrences of life; whereas the brute makes no discovery of such a talent, but in what immediately regards his own preservation, or the continuance of his species. Animals in their generation are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass. Take a brute out of his instinct, and you find him wholly deprived of understanding. Joseph Addison
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I always rejoice when I see a tribunal filled with a man of an upright and inflexible temper, who in the execution of his country's laws can overcome all private fear, resentment, solicitation, and even pity it self. Whatever passion enters into a sentence or decision, so far will there be in it a tincture of injustice. In short, justice discards party, friendship, kindred, and is therefore always represented as blind, that we may suppose her thoughts are wholly intent on the equity of a cause, without being diverted or prejudiced by objects foreign to it. Joseph Addison
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Unbounded courage and compassion join'd, Tempering each other in the victor's mind, Alternately proclaim him good and great, And make the hero and the man complete. Joseph Addison
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Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind Joseph Addison
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Charity is the perfection and ornament of religion. Joseph Addison
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All of heaven we have below. Joseph Addison
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Others proclaim the infirmities of a great man with satisfaction and complacence, if they discover none of the like in themselves. Joseph Addison
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Nature seems to have taken a particular care to disseminate her blessings among the different regions of the world, with an eye to their mutual intercourse and traffic among mankind, that the nations of the several parts of the globe might have a kind of dependence upon one another and be united together by their common interest. Joseph Addison
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I never knew a critic who made it his business to lash the faults of other writers that was not guilty of greater himself-as the hangman is generally a worse malefactor than the criminal that suffers by his hand. Joseph Addison
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Cunning has only private selfish aims, and sticks at nothing which may make them succeed. Discretion has large and extended views, and, like a well-formed eye, commands a whole horizon; cunning is a kind of shortsightedness, that discovers the minutest objects which are near at hand, but is not able to discern things at a distance. Joseph Addison
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How can it enter into the thoughts of man, that the soul, which is capable of such immense perfections, and of receiving new improvements to all eternity, shall fall away into nothing almost as soon as it is created? Joseph Addison
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