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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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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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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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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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I will indulge my sorrows, and give way To all the pangs and fury of despair. 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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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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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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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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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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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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I think I may define taste to be that faculty of the soul which discerns the beauties of an author with pleasure, and the imperfections with dislike. Joseph Addison
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We make provisions for this life as if it were never to have an end, and for the other life as though it were never to have a beginning. Joseph Addison
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If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend. Joseph Addison
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Who rant by note, and through the gamut rage; in songs and airs express their martial fire; combat in trills, and in a fugue expire. Joseph Addison
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There is no passion that is not finely expressed in those parts of the inspired writings which are proper for divine songs and anthems. Joseph Addison
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There are no more useful members in a commonwealth than merchants. They knit mankind together in a mutual intercourse of good offices, distribute the gifts of Nature, find work for the poor, and wealth to the rich, and magnificence to the great. Joseph Addison
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Complaisance, though in itself it be scarce reckoned in the number of moral virtues, is that which gives a lustre to every talent a man can be possessed of. It was Plato's advice to an unpolished writer that he should sacrifice to the graces. In the same manner I would advise every man of learning, who would not appear in the world a mere scholar or philosopher, to make himself master of the social virtue which I have here mentioned. Joseph Addison
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One would think that the larger the company is in which we are engaged, the greater variety of thoughts and subjects would be started into discourse; but, instead of this we find that conversation is never so much straightened and confined, as in numerous assemblies. Joseph Addison
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Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity, and a greater incitement to tenderness and pity than any other motive whatever. Joseph Addison
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It is odd to consider the connection between despotism and barbarity, and how the making one person more than man makes the rest less. Joseph Addison
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In the loss of an object we do not proportion our grief to the real value it bears, but to the value our fancies set upon it. Joseph Addison
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The most skillful flattery is to let a person talk on, and be a listener. Joseph Addison
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Why will any man be so impertinently officious as to tell me all prospect of a future state is only fancy and delusion? Is there any merit in being the messenger of ill news. If it is a dream, let me enjoy it, since it makes me both the happier and better man. Joseph Addison
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Even the greatest actions of a celebrated person labor under this disadvantage, that however surprising and extraordinary they may be, they are no more than what are expected from him. Joseph Addison
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Every passion gives a particular cast to the countenance, and is apt to discover itself in some feature or other. I have seen an eye curse for half an hour together, and an eyebrow call a man a scoundrel. Joseph Addison
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Must one rash word, the infirmity of age, throw down the merit of my better years? 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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A solid and substantial greatness of soul looks down with neglect on the censures and applauses of the multitude. Joseph Addison
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There is something very sublime, though very fanciful, in Plato's description of the Supreme Being,-that truth is His body and light His shadow. According to this definition there is nothing so contradictory to his nature as error and falsehood. Joseph Addison
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Wit is the fetching of congruity out of incongruity. 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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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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