Joseph Addison Quotes

110 Joseph Addison quotes:

"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."
"Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense."
"A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of."
"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."
"True happiness 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."
"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."
"If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is."
"Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved."
"That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?"
"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."
"Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion."
"Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble."
"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 country's ruin!"
"There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's head-dress."
"Among all kinds of Writing, there is none in which Authors are more apt to miscarry than in Works of Humour, as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel."
"Young men soon give, and soon forget, affronts; old age is slow in both."
"To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to recieve all the great truths which atheism would deny."
"A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants."
"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."
"The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding."

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