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Joseph Addison Quotes

Let these quotes by Joseph Addison help you to have a positive attitude toward life, and to think positively.

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
- Joseph Addison

Related topics: Christian Religion

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

When men are easy in their circumstances,
they are naturally enemies to innovations.
- Joseph Addison

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.
- Joseph Addison

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

Jealousy is that pain which a man feels
from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved
by the person whom he entirely loves.
- 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.
- Joseph Addison

 

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.
- Joseph Addison

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

Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is
as friendly to the mind as to the body.
- 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.
- Joseph Addison

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

Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted;
and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.
- Joseph Addison

The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune.
- Joseph Addison

Plenty of people wish to become devout,
but no one wishes to be humble.
- Joseph Addison

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

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

Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.
- Joseph Addison

We are always doing something for posterity,
but I would fain see posterity do something for us.
- Joseph Addison

There is nothing more requisite in business than despatch.
- Joseph Addison

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

The woman that deliberates is lost.
- Joseph Addison

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
- 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.
- Joseph Addison

There is nothing that makes its way more directly into the soul than beauty.
- Joseph Addison

A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence,
but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.
- Joseph Addison

What sculpture is to a block of marble,
education is to the soul.
- Joseph Addison

Jesters do often prove prophets.
- 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.
- Joseph Addison

Mysterious love, uncertain treasure,
hast thou more of pain or pleasure!
Endless torments dwell about thee: Yet who would live,
and live without thee!
- Joseph Addison

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
- Joseph Addison

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

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
- Joseph Addison

Justice is an unassailable fortress,
built on the brow of a mountain which cannot be overthrown
by the violence of torrents,
nor demolished by the force of armies.
- 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.
- Joseph Addison

Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.
- Joseph Addison

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

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

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.
- Joseph Addison

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway,
the good they do is inconceivable.
- Joseph Addison

Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion.
- Joseph Addison

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which
is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
- Joseph Addison

Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.
- Joseph Addison

With regard to donations always expect the most from prudent people,
who keep their own accounts.
- Joseph Addison

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

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

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.
- Joseph Addison

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
- Joseph Addison

Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness.
- Joseph Addison

A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.
- Joseph Addison

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains,
losses and disappointments; but let us have patience
and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
- Joseph Addison

The post of honour is a private station.
- Joseph Addison

There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.
- Joseph Addison

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

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

One should take good care not to grow too wise for
so great a pleasure of life as laughter.
- Joseph Addison

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

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
- Joseph Addison

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!
- Joseph Addison

What pity is it That we can die, but once to serve our country.
- Joseph Addison

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

Young men soon give, and soon forget,
affronts; old age is slow in both.
- Joseph Addison

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

There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.
- Joseph Addison

The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities
that gain esteem and praise,
are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding.
- Joseph Addison

A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
- Joseph Addison

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

Music, the greatest good that mortals know and all
of heaven we have hear below.
- Joseph Addison

The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger;
the first is a perpetual call upon them to propagate their kind,
the latter to preserve themselves.
- Joseph Addison


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