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Joseph Addison Quotes


110 Joseph Addison quotes:



"An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person."
"Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week."
"One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter."
"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."
"There is nothing that makes its way more directly into the soul than beauty."
"Books are the legacies 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."
"There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice."
"Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor."
"The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover."
"Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life."
"The post of honour is a private station."
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
"To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement."
"I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs."
"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."
"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!"



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