Joseph Addison Quotes

To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement... view

By: Joseph Addison

To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to recieve all the great truths which atheism would deny... view

By: Joseph Addison

To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature.. view

By: Joseph Addison

That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?.. view

By: Joseph Addison

The union of the Word and the Mind produces that mystery which is called Life... Learn deeply of the Mind and its mystery, for therein lies the secret of immortality... view

By: Joseph Addison

Jesters do often prove prophets... view

By: Joseph Addison

Talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud... view

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To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction... view

By: Joseph Addison

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week... view

By: Joseph Addison

The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them... view

By: Joseph Addison

The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover... view

By: Joseph Addison

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... view

By: Joseph Addison

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... view

By: Joseph Addison

The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger.. view

By: Joseph Addison

The post of honour is a private station... view

By: Joseph Addison

Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness.. view

By: Joseph Addison

The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune... view

By: Joseph Addison

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for... view

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The unjustifiable severity of a parent is loaded with this aggravation, that those whom he injures are always in his sight... view

By: Joseph Addison

The utmost extent of man's knowledge, is to know that he knows nothing... view

By: Joseph Addison

The woman that deliberates is lost... view

By: Joseph Addison

Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity... view

By: Joseph Addison

There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol... view

By: Joseph Addison

There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's head-dress... view

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There is nothing more requisite in business than despatch... view

By: Joseph Addison

There is nothing that makes its way more directly into the soul than beauty... view

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There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice... view

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Those Marriages generally abound most with Love and Constancy, that are preceded by a long Courtship... view

By: Joseph Addison

The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds... view

By: Joseph Addison

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... view

By: Joseph Addison

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another... view

By: Joseph Addison

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... view

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If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius... view

By: Joseph Addison

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... view

By: Joseph Addison

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... view

By: Joseph Addison

I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair... view

By: Joseph Addison

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs... view

By: Joseph Addison

I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much. I cannot recollect the words, but here is the sense of it: "What I spent I lost.. view

By: Joseph Addison

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... view

By: Joseph Addison

Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted.. view

By: Joseph Addison

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed... view

By: Joseph Addison

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... view

By: Joseph Addison