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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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Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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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In private conversation between intimate friends, the wisest men very often talk like the weakest : for indeed the talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud. Joseph Addison
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A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart. Joseph Addison
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The ways of heaven are dark and intricate, Puzzled in mazes, and perplex'd with errors; Our understanding traces them in vain, Lost and bewilder'd in the fruitless search; Nor sees with how much art the windings run, Nor where the regular confusion ends. Joseph Addison
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I have always preferred cheerfulness to mirth. The latter I consider an art, the former as a habit of mind. Mirth is short and transient, cheerfulness fixed and permanent. Joseph Addison
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Fine sense and exalted sense are not half so useful as common sense; there are forty men of wit for one man of good sense; and he that will carry nothing about with him but gold, will be every day at a loss for readier change. Joseph Addison
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O Lucius, I am sick of this bad world! The day-light and the sun grow painful to me. Joseph Addison
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A soul exasperated in ills, falls out With everything, its friend, itself. Joseph Addison
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There is no passion which steals into the heart more imperceptibly, and covers itself under more disguises, than pride. Joseph Addison
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The courage that grows from constitution very often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; and when it is only a kind of instinct in the soul, it breaks out on all occasions, without judgment or discretion. Joseph Addison
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In the recognition of beauty, the eye takes the most delight in color. Joseph Addison
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From social intercourse are derived some of the highest enjoyments of life; where there is a free interchange of sentiments, the mind acquires new ideas; and by a frequent exercise of its powers, the understanding gains fresh vigor. 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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