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 :: Famous Quotations by Joseph Addison (84 Quotations)

 :: 1672-1719, British Essayist, Poet, Statesman

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''We are always doing,'' says he, ''something for posterity, but I would see posterity do something for us.''
~ Joseph Addison - [Posterity]

 

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'Tis not in mortals to command success, but we'll do more, Sempronius, we'll deserve it.
~ Joseph Addison - [Merit]

 

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A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.
~ Joseph Addison - [Weather]

 

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

 

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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.
~ Joseph Addison - [Conscience]

 

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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 - [Bigotry]

 

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

 

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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.
~ Joseph Addison - [Censure]

 

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

 

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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 new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view.
~ Joseph Addison - [Admiration]

 

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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 - [Ostentation]

 

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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 - [Animals]

 

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Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.
~ Joseph Addison - [Argument]

 

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As vivacity is the gift of women, gravity is that of men.
~ Joseph Addison - [Men and Women]

 

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Authors have established it as a kind of rule, that a man ought to be dull sometimes; as the most severe reader makes allowances for many rests and nodding-places in a voluminous writer.
~ Joseph Addison - [Dullness]

 

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Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.
~ Joseph Addison - [Honor]

 

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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 - [Books and Reading]

 

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Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.
~ Joseph Addison - [Family]

 

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

 

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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 - [Courage]

 

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