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Joseph Addison quotes (57)

A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
Joseph Addison   Category: Advice

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
Joseph Addison   Category: Garden

Allegories when well chosen are like so many tracks of light in a discourse that make everything about them clear and beautiful.
Joseph Addison   Category: Symbolism

If we may believe our logicians man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth and naturally disposed to it.
Joseph Addison   Category: Laugh

A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil but from the temper of the sufferer.
Joseph Addison   Category: Miser

Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life.
Joseph Addison   Category: Ridicule

Books are the legacies of that a great genius leaves to mankind which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
Joseph Addison   Category: Book

A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.
Joseph Addison   Category: More

For wheresoeer I turn my ravishd eyes Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise Poetic fields encompass me around And still I seem to tread on classic ground.
Joseph Addison   Category: Poetry

Our disputants put me in mind of the skuttle fish that when he is unable to extricate himself blackens all the water about him till he becomes invisible.
Joseph Addison   Category: Fish

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   Category: Entertainment

If men would consider not so much wherein they differ as wherein they agree there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.
Joseph Addison   Category: Diet

Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.
Joseph Addison   Category: Honor

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

To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny.
Joseph Addison   Category: Atheism

Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominance.
Joseph Addison   Category: Authority

It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who by their rivalry for greatness divided a whole age.
Joseph Addison   Category: Rival

Is there not some chosen curse some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven red with uncommon wrath to blast the man Who owes his greatness to his countrys ruin?
Joseph Addison   Category: Treason

Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts in a uniform manner.
Joseph Addison   Category: Courage

What sunshine is to flowers smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles to be sure; but scattered along lifes pathway the good they do is inconceivable.
Joseph Addison   Category: Smile

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   Category: Just

Laughter while it lasts slackens and unbraces the mind weakens the faculties and causes a kind of remissness and dissolution in all the powers of the soul; and thus it may be looked on as weakness in the composition of human nature. But if we consider the frequent reliefs we receive from it and how often it breaks the gloom which is apt to depress the mind and damp our spirits with transient unexpected gleams of joy one would take care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life.
Joseph Addison   Category: Depressed

An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.
Joseph Addison   Category: Ego

Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius who are often too full to be exact and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader rather than be at the pains of stringing them.
Joseph Addison   Category: Method

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   Category: Humor

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   Category: Argument

The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice or leagues of pleasures.
Joseph Addison   Category: Friendship

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.
Joseph Addison   Category: Consistent

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
Joseph Addison   Category: Leisure

We are growing serious and let me tell you thats the next step to being dull.
Joseph Addison   Category: Serious

A mans first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart and his next to escape the censures of the world.
Joseph Addison   Category: Conscience

From hence let fierce contending nations know What dire effects from civil discord flow.
Joseph Addison   Category: Civil

Criticism::It is folly for an eminent person to think of escaping censure and a weakness to be affected by it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity and indeed of every age have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defense against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph.
Joseph Addison   Category: Censure

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
Joseph Addison   Category: Capable

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
Joseph Addison   Category: Bigotry

If you wish success in life make perseverance your bosom friend experience your wise counselor caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.
Joseph Addison   Category: Cause

T s pride rank pride and haughtiness of soul; I think the Romans call it stoicism.
Joseph Addison   Category: Pride

There is no defense against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph.
Joseph Addison   Category: Crisis

A day an hour of virtuous liberty Is worth a whole eternity in bondage.
Joseph Addison   Category: Liberty

Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails and impious men bear sway the post of honoris a private station.
Joseph Addison   Category: Good

Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses. It fills the mind with the largest variety of ideas converses with its objects at the greatest distance and continues the longest in action without being tired or satiated.
Joseph Addison   Category: Eyes

Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man.
Joseph Addison   Category: Sweet

He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort should when young consider that he may one day become old and remember when he is old that he has once been young.
Joseph Addison   Category: Age

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.
Joseph Addison   Category: Perfection

We are always doing says he something for Posterity but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.'
Joseph Addison   Category: Future

T is not in mortals to command success But we ll do more Sempronius we ll deserve it.
Joseph Addison   Category: Success

To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented is the only pleasing solitude.
Joseph Addison   Category: Solitude

A man that has a taste of music painting or architecture is like one that has another sense when compared with such as have no relish of those arts.
Joseph Addison   Category: Sense

In all thy humours whether grave or mellow Thourt such a touchy testy pleasant fellow Hast so much wit and mirth and spleen about thee There is no living with thee nor without thee.
Joseph Addison   Category: Character

A reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure until he knows whether the writer of it be a black man or a fair man of a mild or choleric disposition married or a bachelor.
Joseph Addison   Category: Unsorted

There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.
Joseph Addison   Category: Idol

See in what peace a Christian can die.
Joseph Addison   Category: Last

What a pity is it That we can die but once to save our country!
Joseph Addison   Category: Country

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Joseph Addison   Category: Happiness

I have often thought it happens very well that Christmas should fall out in the Middle of Winter.
Joseph Addison   Category: Christmas

Men may change their climate but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.
Joseph Addison   Category: Common

What sculpture is to a block of marble education is to the soul.
Joseph Addison   Category: Learn