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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It is ridiculous for any man to criticize the works of another if he has not distinguished himself by his own performances
The spacious firmament on high / And all the blue ethereal sky / And spangled heavens a shining frame / Their great Original proclaim.
No vices are so incurable as those which men are apt to glory in
Words when well chosen have so great a force in them that a description often gives us more lively ideas than the sight of things themselves
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
In all thy humors whether grave or mellow Thou'rt such a touchy testy pleasant fellow hast so much wit and mirth and spleen about thee there is no living with thee nor without thee
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.
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.
A man should always consider how much more unhappy he might be than he is