Joseph Addison Quotes

110 Joseph Addison quotes:

"There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol."
"There is nothing more requisite in business than despatch."
"What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul."
"The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount."
"We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us."
"Music, the greatest good that mortals know and all of heaven we have here below."
"Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue."
"What pity is it That we can die but once to serve our country."
"Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature."
"Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness."
"The utmost extent of man's knowledge is to know that he knows nothing."
"The woman that deliberates is lost."
"The Mind that lies fallow but a single Day, sprouts up in Follies that are only to be killed by a constant and assiduous Culture."
"Admiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view."
"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."
"A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes."
"An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person."
"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."
"Those Marriages generally abound most with Love and Constancy that are preceded by a long Courtship."
"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"

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