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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The man who will live above his present circumstances, is in great danger of soon living beneath them; or as the Italian proverb says, "The man that lives by hope, will die by despair. Joseph Addison
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There are greater depths and obscurities, greater intricacies and perplexities, in an elaborate and well-written piece of nonsense, than in the most abstruse and profound tract of school divinity. 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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For wheresoe'er I turn my ravished eyes, Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise, Poetic fields encompass me around, And still I seem to tread on classic ground. Joseph Addison
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The honors of this world, what are they But puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling? Joseph Addison
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If there's a power above us, (And that there is all nature cries aloud Through all her works) he must delight in virtue. Joseph Addison
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True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions. Joseph Addison
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The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger: the first is a perpetual call upon them to propogate their kind; the latter to preserve themselves. Joseph Addison
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The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim. Joseph Addison
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The fraternity of the henpecked. Joseph Addison
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Silence never shows itself to so great an advantage, as when it is made the reply to calumny and defamation, provided that we give no just occasion for them. Joseph Addison
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We are growing serious, and, Let me tell you, that's the very next step to being dull. 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 itself. Joseph Addison
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Nature has sometimes made a fool, but a coxcomb is always of a man's own making. Joseph Addison
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True fortitude is seen in great exploits That justice warrants, and that wisdom guides; And all else is tow'ring phrenzy and distraction. Joseph Addison
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What are these wondrous civilizing arts, this Roman polish, and this smooth behavior that render man thus tractable and tame? Joseph Addison
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Our disputants put me in mind of the cuttlefish, that when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens all the water about him till he becomes invisible. Joseph Addison
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A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and his next to escape the censures of the world. Joseph Addison
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There is not, in my opinion, anything more mysterious in nature than the instinct of animals, which thus rise above reason, and yet fall infinitely short of it. 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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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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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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