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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These widows sir are the most perverse creatures in the world.

He thought he was a wit and he was half right.

I think I may define taste to be that faculty of the soul which discerns the beautines of an author with pleasure and the imperfections with dislike.

'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.

The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice or leagues of pleasure, ours has severest virtue for its basis and such a friendship ends not but with life.

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.

The fear of death often proves mortal and sets people on methods to save their Lives which infallibly destroy them.

The religious man fears the man of honor scorns to do an ill action

The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter and the crush of worlds.

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

When love once pleads admission to our hearts / In spite of all the virtue we can boast / The woman that deliberates is lost.

If we may believe our logicians man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter

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?

Marriage enlarges the scene of our happiness and of our miseries. A marriage of love is pleasant of interest easy and where both meet happy. A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendship all the enjoyments of sense and reason and

Wit is the fetching of congruity out of incongruity

Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.

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