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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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From hence, let fierce contending nations know, what dire effects from civil discord flow. Joseph Addison
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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
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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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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
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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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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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Physick, for the most part, is nothing else but the Substitute of Exercise or Temperance. 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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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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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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Let echo, too, perform her part, Prolonging every note with art; And in a low expiring strain, Play all the comfort o'er again. Joseph Addison
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An idol may be undeified by many accidental causes. Marriage, in particular, is a kind of counter apotheosis, as a deification inverted. When a man becomes familiar with his goddess she quickly sinks into a woman. Joseph Addison
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The sense of honour is of so fine and delicate a nature, that it is only to be met with in minds which are naturally noble, or in such as have been cultivated by good examples, or a refined education. Joseph Addison
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Hypocrisy itself does great honor, or rather justice, to religion, and tacitly acknowledges it to be an ornament to human nature. The hypocrite would not be at so much pains to put on the appearance of virtue, if he did not know it was the most proper and effectual means to gain the love and esteem of mankind. Joseph Addison
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Novelty serves us for a kind of refreshment, and takes off from that satiety we are apt to complain of in our usual and ordinary entertainments. Joseph Addison
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In that disputable point of persecuting men for conscience sake, I see such dreadful consequences rising, I would be as fully convinced of the truth of it, as a mathematical demonstration, before I would venture to act upon it or make it a part of my religion. Joseph Addison
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I have but nine-pence in ready money, but I can draw for a thousand pounds. Joseph Addison
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Guard thy heart on this weak side, where most our nature fails. Joseph Addison
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Wine heightens indifference into love, love into jealousy, and jealousy into madness. It often turns the good-natured man into an idiot, and the choleric into an assassin. It gives bitterness to resentment, it makes vanity insupportable, and displays every little spot of the soul in its utmost deformity. Joseph Addison
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Loveliest of women! heaven is in thy soul, Beauty and virtue shine forever round thee, Bright'ning each other! thou art all divine! Joseph Addison
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A vast space naturally raises in my thoughts the idea of an Almighty Being. 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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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
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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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