Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.

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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.

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

Method is not less requisite in conversation than in writing, provided a man would talk to make himself understood.

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

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.

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.

Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.

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

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

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.

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.

The man who will live above his present circumstances is in great danger of soon living beneath them, or as the Italian proverb says "The man that lives by hope will die by despair".

As vivacity is the gift of women, gravity is that of men.

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.

Health and cheerfulness mutually beget each other.

All well-regulated families set apart an hour every morning for tea and bread and butter.

Through all eternity to thee a joyful song I'll raise, for oh! Eternity's too short to utter all thy praise.

To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented is the only pleasing solitude.

Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit, and gives a certain air to the countenance, which is more amiable than beauty.

From hence let fierce contending nations know what dire effects from civil discord flow.

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