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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

No man writes a book without meaning something, though he may not have the faculty of writing consequentially and expressing his meaning. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

Look what a little vain dust we are! Joseph Addison

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

A brother's sufferings claim a brother's pity. Joseph Addison

Nothing makes men sharper than want. Joseph Addison

If our zeal were true and genuine we should be much more angry with a sinner than a heretic. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

The honors of this world, what are they But puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling? Joseph Addison

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

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

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

The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim. Joseph Addison

The fraternity of the henpecked. Joseph Addison

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

We are growing serious, and, Let me tell you, that's the very next step to being dull. Joseph Addison

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

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

Conspiracies no sooner should be formed Than executed. Joseph Addison

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Joseph Addison

Those Marriages generally abound most with Love and Constancy, that are preceded by a long Courtship. Joseph Addison

Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble. Joseph Addison

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

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

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs. Joseph Addison

Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object. Joseph Addison

I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair. Joseph Addison

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

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

The utmost extent of man's knowledge, is to know that he knows nothing. Joseph Addison

Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life. Joseph Addison

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

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

From hence, let fierce contending nations know, what dire effects from civil discord flow. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought. Joseph Addison

The soul, secured in her existence, smiles At the drawn dagger, and defies its point. Joseph Addison

Faith is kept alive in us, and gathers strength, more from practice than from speculations. Joseph Addison

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

A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

O Lucius, I am sick of this bad world! The day-light and the sun grow painful to me. Joseph Addison

A soul exasperated in ills, falls out With everything, its friend, itself. Joseph Addison

There is no passion which steals into the heart more imperceptibly, and covers itself under more disguises, than pride. Joseph Addison

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

In the recognition of beauty, the eye takes the most delight in color. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

The talent of turning men into ridicule, and exposing to laughter those one converses with, is the qualification of little ungenerous tempers. Joseph Addison

There is not in earth a spectacle more worthy than a great man superior to his sufferings. Joseph Addison

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

Content thyself to be obscurely good. Joseph Addison

A jealous man is very quick in his application: he knows how to find a double edge in an invective, and to draw a satire on himself out of a panegyrick on another. Joseph Addison



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