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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'Tis not in mortals to command success But we'll do more Sempronius, we'll deserve it
There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's head-dress.
To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature, to be so to the utmost of our abilities is the glory of man.
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.
A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most real blessings or misfortunes
The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice or leagues of pleasures
Tradition is an important help to history but its statements should be carefully scrutinized before we rely on them
That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?