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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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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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There is no defence against reproach, but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness. 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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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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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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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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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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I will indulge my sorrows, and give way To all the pangs and fury of despair. 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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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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It is ridiculous for any man to criticize the works of another if he has not distinguished himself by his own performances. Joseph Addison
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There is nobody so weak of invention that cannot make some little stories to vilify his enemy. Joseph Addison
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Whether zeal or moderation be the point we aim at, let us keep fire out of the one and frost out of the other. Joseph Addison
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Falsehood and fraud shoot up in every soil The product of all climes. Joseph Addison
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Mysterious love, uncertain treasure, Hast thou more of pain or pleasure!... Endless torments dwell above thee: Yet who would live, and live without thee! 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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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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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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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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