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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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If our zeal were true and genuine we should be much more angry with a sinner than a heretic. 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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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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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 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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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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Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life. Joseph Addison
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When love's well-timed 'tis not a fault to love; The strong, the brave, the virtuous, and the wise, Sink in the soft captivity together. Joseph Addison
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There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance Joseph Addison
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From hence, let fierce contending nations know, what dire effects from civil discord flow. Joseph Addison
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A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us; and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us from without. Joseph Addison
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When a man is made up wholly of the dove, without the least grain of the serpent in his composition, he becomes ridiculous in many circumstances of life, and very often discredits his best actions. Joseph Addison
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I have always preferred cheerfulness to mirth. The latter I consider as an act, the former as a habit of mind. Mirth is short and transient, cheerfulness fixed and permanent. Joseph Addison
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Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation than in writing, provided a man would talk to make himself understood. Joseph Addison
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Should a writer single out and point his raillery at particular persons, or satirize the miserable, he might be sure of pleasing a great part of his readers, but must be a very ill man if he could please himself. Joseph Addison
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Amidst the soft variety I'm lost. Joseph Addison
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We find the Works of Nature still more pleasant, the more they resemble those of art. Joseph Addison
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Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week. Joseph Addison
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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Joseph Addison
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Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body. Joseph Addison
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To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man. Joseph Addison
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Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved. Joseph Addison
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Music, the greatest good that mortals know and all of heaven we have hear below. Joseph Addison
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Young men soon give, and soon forget, affronts; old age is slow in both. Joseph Addison
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I am wonderfully pleased when I meet with any passage in an old Greek or Latin author, that is not blown upon, and which I have never met with in any quotation. Joseph Addison
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I... recommend to every one of my Readers, the keeping a Journal of their Lives for one Week, and setting down punctually their whole Series of Employments during that Space of Time. This kind of Self-Examination would give them a true State of themselves, and incline them to consider seriously what they are about. One Day would rectifie the Omissions of another, and make a Man weigh all those indifferent Actions, which, though they are easily forgotten, must certainly be accounted for. Joseph Addison
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The talent of turning men into ridicule, and exposing to laughter those one converses with, is the qualification of little ungenerous tempers. Joseph Addison
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There is not in earth a spectacle more worthy than a great man superior to his sufferings. Joseph Addison
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Advertisements are of great use to the vulgar. First of all, as they are instruments of ambition. A man that is by no means big enough for the Gazette, may easily creep into the advertisements; by which means we often see an apothecary in the same paper of news with a plenipotentiary, or a running footman with an ambassador. 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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A man who is furnished with arguments from the mint, will convince his antagonist much sooner than one who draws them from reason and philosophy. - Gold is a wonderful clearer of the understanding; it dissipates every doubt and scruple in an instant; accommodates itself to the meanest capacities; silences the loud and clamorous, and cringes over the most obstinate and inflexible. - Philip of Macedon was a man of most invincible reason this way. He refuted by it all the wisdom of Athens; confounded their statesmen; struck their orators dumb; and at length argued them out of all their liberties. Joseph Addison
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It is easier for an artful Man, who is not in Love, to persuade his Mistress he has a Passion for her, and to succeed in his Pursuits, than for one who loves with the greatest Violence. True Love hath ten thousand Griefs, Impatiencies and Resentments, that render a Man unamiable in the Eyes of the Person whose Affection he sollicits. Joseph Addison
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The discreet man finds out the talents of those he converses with, and knows how to apply them to proper uses. Accordingly, if we look into particular communities and divisions of men, we may observe that it is the discreet man, not the witty, nor the learned, nor the brave, who guides the conversation, and gives measures to the society. Joseph Addison
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Cunning is only the mimic of discretion, and may pass upon weak men in the same manner as vivacity is often mistaken for wit, and gravity for wisdom. Joseph Addison
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The transition from cause to effect, from event to event, is often carried on by secret steps, which our foresight cannot divine, and our sagacity is unable to trace. Joseph Addison
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Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought. Joseph Addison
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The soul, secured in her existence, smiles At the drawn dagger, and defies its point. Joseph Addison
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Faith is kept alive in us, and gathers strength, more from practice than from speculations. Joseph Addison
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