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Quotations by author » Joseph Addison
English Essayist, Poet, Dramatist and Statesman, 1672-1719
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"We are always doing," says he, "something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us
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'Tis not in mortals to command success, But we'll do more, Sempronius; we'll deserve it
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'Tis pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul; I think the Romans call it stoicism
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A cloudy day, or a little sunshine, have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most real blessings or misfortunes
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A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
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A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty Is worth a whole eternity in bondage
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A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us; and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us from without.
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A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.
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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.
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A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants . . .
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A man should always consider how much more unhappy he might be than he is
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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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A man who is furnished with arguments from the mint will convince his antagonist much sooner than one who draws them from reason and philosophy
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A man with great talents, but void of discretion, is like Polyphemus in the fable, strong and blind, endued with an irresistible force, which for want of sight is of no use to him
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A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and his next to escape the censures of the world.
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A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature.
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A reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure until he knows whether the writer of it be a black man or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor.
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A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.
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A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
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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 perpetual succession of miracles rising into view.
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