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Joseph Addison
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There is not a more pleasante exercise of the mind than gratitude. Joseph Addison

Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. Joseph Addison

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

Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover, Fades in his eye, and palls upon the sense. Joseph Addison

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity, and a greater incitement to tenderness and pity than any other motive whatever. Joseph Addison

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

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

The most skillful flattery is to let a person talk on, and be a listener. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

Must one rash word, the infirmity of age, throw down the merit of my better years? Joseph Addison

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

A solid and substantial greatness of soul looks down with neglect on the censures and applauses of the multitude. Joseph Addison

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

Wit is the fetching of congruity out of incongruity. Joseph Addison

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

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

Physick, for the most part, is nothing else but the Substitute of Exercise or Temperance. Joseph Addison

Should the whole frame of Nature round him break, In ruin and confusion hurled, He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack, And stand secure amidst a falling world. Joseph Addison

The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers, And heavily in clouds brings on the day, The great, the important day, Big with the fate Of Cato, and of Rome. Joseph Addison

If the following day he chance to find A new repast, or an untasted spring, Blesses his stars, and thinks it luxury. Joseph Addison

See they suffer death, But in their deaths remember they are men, Strain not the laws to make their tortures grievous. Joseph Addison

O ye powers that search The heart of man, and weigh his inmost thoughts, If I have done amiss, impute it not! The best may err, but you are good. Joseph Addison

Thanks to the gods! my boy has done his duty. Joseph Addison

A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most real blessings or misfortunes. Joseph Addison

I consider an human soul without education like marble in the quarry, which shews none of its inherent beauties till the skill of the polisher fetches out the colours, makes the surface shine, and discovers every ornamental cloud, spot and vein that runs through the body of it. Joseph Addison

There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch. Joseph Addison

Young people soon give, and forget insults, but old age is slow in both. Joseph Addison

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

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

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week. Joseph Addison

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Joseph Addison

Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body. Joseph Addison

Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation than in writing, provided a man would talk to make himself understood. Joseph Addison

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

Amidst the soft variety I'm lost. Joseph Addison

We find the Works of Nature still more pleasant, the more they resemble those of art. Joseph Addison

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

Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved. Joseph Addison

Music, the greatest good that mortals know and all of heaven we have hear below. Joseph Addison

Young men soon give, and soon forget, affronts; old age is slow in both. Joseph Addison

Antidotes are what you take to prevent dotes. Joseph Addison

A true critic ought to dwell rather upon excellencies than imperfections Joseph Addison

All well-regulated families set apart an hour every morning for tea and bread and butter Joseph Addison

A person may be qualified to do greater good to mankind and become more beneficial to the world, by morality without faith than by faith without morality. Joseph Addison

The Obedience of Children to their Parents is the Basis of all Government, and set forth as the measure of that Obedience which weowe to those whom Providence hath placed over us. Joseph Addison

No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you. Joseph Addison

Great souls by instinct to each other turn, demand alliance, and in friendship burn. Joseph Addison

It is very wonderful to see persons of the best sense passing hours together in shuffling and dividing a pack of cards with no conversation but what is made up of a few game-phrases, and no other ideas but those of black or red spots arranged together in different figures. Would not a man laugh to hear any one of his species complaining that life is short? Joseph Addison

If friends to a government forbear their assistance, they put it in the power of a few desperate men to ruin the welfare of those who are superior to them in strength and interest. Joseph Addison

Now to the main the burning sun descends, And sacred night her gloomy veil extends. The western sun now shot a feeble ray And faintly scatter'd the remains of day. Joseph Addison

They consume a considerable quantity of our paper manufacture, employ our artisans in printing, and find business for great numbers of indigent persons. Joseph Addison

Nothing that is not a real crime makes a man appear so contemptible and little in the eyes of the world as inconstancy. Joseph Addison

Who would not be that youth? What pity is it That we can die but once to save our country! Joseph Addison

It is much easier to decide what is not humorous than what is, and very difficult to define it otherwise than Cowley has done, by negatives. 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

Of his shallow species there is not a more unfortunate, empty and conceited animal than that which is generally known by the name of a critic. Joseph Addison

If we look into communities and divisions of men, we observe that the discreet man, not the witty, nor the learned, nor the brave, guides the conversation, and gives measure to society. Joseph Addison

Hope calculates its scenes for a long and durable life; presses forward to imaginary points of bliss; and grasps at impossibilities; and consequently very often ensnares men into beggary, ruin and dishonor. Joseph Addison

Words, when well chosen, have so great a force in them, that a description often gives us more lively ideas than the sight of things themselves. Joseph Addison

When a woman comes to her class, she does not employ her time in making herself look more advantageously what she really is, but endeavours to be as much another creature as she possibly can. Whether this happens because they stay so long and attend their work so diligently that they forget the faces and persons, which they first sat down with, or whatever it is, they seldom rise from the toilet the same woman they appeared when they began to dress Joseph Addison

A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of; it heightens all the virtues which it accompanies; like the shades in paintings, it raises and rounds every figure and makes the colors more beautiful, though not so glar ... Joseph Addison

Our disputants put me in mind of the cuttlefish that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens the water about him till he becomes invisible. Joseph Addison

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