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

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.

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

No vices are so incurable as those which men are apt to glory in

The Hand that made us is divine.

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

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

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.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

Modesty is not only an ornament but also a guard to virtue

Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life.

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.

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.

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery by doubling our joys and dividing our grief.

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

Allegories when well chosen are like so many tracks of light in a discourse that make everything about them clear and beautiful

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