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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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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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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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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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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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Content thyself to be obscurely good. Joseph Addison
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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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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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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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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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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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There is not a more pleasante exercise of the mind than gratitude. Joseph Addison
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Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. 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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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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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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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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