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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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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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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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Cleanliness may be defined to be the emblem of purity of mind. 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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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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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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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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There is no defence against reproach, but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness. 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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The schoolboy counts the time till the return of the holidays; the minor longs to be of age; the lover is impatient till he is married. Joseph Addison
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There is nothing which strengthens faith more than the observance of morality. Joseph Addison
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Religion contracts the circle of our pleasures, but leaves it wide enough for her votaries to expatiate in. Joseph Addison
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The very first discovery of beauty strikes the mind with an inward joy, and spreads a cheerfulness and delight through all its faculties. Joseph Addison
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No man writes a book without meaning something, though he may not have the faculty of writing consequentially and expressing his meaning. Joseph Addison
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The greatest parts, without discretion as observed by an elegant writer, may be fatal to their owner; as Polyphemus, deprived of his eyes, was only the more exposed on account of his enormous strength and stature. Joseph Addison
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That fine part of our construction, the eye, seems as much the receptacle and seat of our passions as the mind itself; and at least it is the outward portal to introduce them to the house within, or rather the common thoroughfare to let our affections pass in and out. 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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Government mitigates the inequality of power, and makes an innocent man, though of the lowest rank, a match for the mightiest of his fellow-subjects. Joseph Addison
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Look what a little vain dust we are! Joseph Addison
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Religion prescribes to every miserable man the means of bettering his condition; nay, it shows him that the bearing of his afflictions as he ought to do, will naturally end in the removal of them. Joseph Addison
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A brother's sufferings claim a brother's pity. Joseph Addison
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Nothing makes men sharper than want. Joseph Addison
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