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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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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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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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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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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
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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
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If the following day he chance to find A new repast, or an untasted spring, Blesses his stars, and thinks it luxury. Joseph Addison
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See they suffer death, But in their deaths remember they are men, Strain not the laws to make their tortures grievous. Joseph Addison
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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
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Thanks to the gods! my boy has done his duty. Joseph Addison
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A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most real blessings or misfortunes. Joseph Addison
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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
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There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Physick, for the most part, is nothing else but the Substitute of Exercise or Temperance. 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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Young people soon give, and forget insults, but old age is slow in both. 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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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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Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other. Joseph Addison
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Antidotes are what you take to prevent dotes. Joseph Addison
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A true critic ought to dwell rather upon excellencies than imperfections Joseph Addison
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All well-regulated families set apart an hour every morning for tea and bread and butter Joseph Addison
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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
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Nothing makes a woman more esteemed by the opposite sex than chastity; whether it be that we always prize those most who are hardest to come at, or that nothing besides chastity, with its collateral attendants, truth, fidelity, and constancy, gives a man a property in the person he loves, and consequently endears her to him above all things. Joseph Addison
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It is ridiculous for any man to criticize on the works of another, who has not distinguished himself by his own performances. Joseph Addison
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Tis heaven itself, that points out an hereafter, and intimates eternity to man. Joseph Addison
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Men who profess a state of neutrality in times of public danger, desert the common interest of their fellow subjects; and act with independence to that constitution into which they are incorporated. The safety of the whole requires our joint endeavours. When this is at stake, the indifferent are not properly a part of the community; or rather are like dead limbs, which are an encumbrance to the body, instead of being of use to it. Joseph Addison
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Ladies are always of great use to the party they espouse, and never fail to win over numbers to it. Lovers, according to Sir William Petty's computation, make at least the third part of sensible men of the British nation; and it has been an uncontroverted maxim in all ages, that though a husband is sometimes a stubborn sort of a creature, a lover is always at the devotion of his mistress. By this means, it lies in the power of every fine woman, to secure at least half a dozen able-bodied men to his Majesty's service. Joseph Addison
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There is no greater sign of a bad cause, than when the patrons of it are reduced to the necessity of making use of the most wicked artifices to support it. Joseph Addison
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When I read the several dates of the tombs, of some that died yesterday, and some six hundred years ago, I consider that great day when we shall all of us be contemporaries, and make our appearance together. Joseph Addison
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When I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tomb of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow: when I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when I consider rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men that divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and debates of mankind. Joseph Addison
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Talk not of love: thou never knew'st its force. Joseph Addison
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The Knight in the triumph of his heart made several 6 reflections on thegreatness of the British Nation; as, that one Englishman could beat three Frenchmen; that we could never be in danger of Popery so long as we took care of our fleet; that theThames was thenoblest river in Europe; that London Bridge was a greater piece of work than any of the Seven Wonders of the World; with many other honest prejudices which naturally cleave to the heart of a true Englishman. Joseph Addison
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Great souls by instinct to each other turn, demand alliance, and in friendship burn. Joseph Addison
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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
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No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you. Joseph Addison
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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
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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
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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
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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
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