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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An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed than be debarred from talking of his own dear person

There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country

I consider time as an in immense ocean in which many noble authors are entirely swallowed up

Learning is pedantry wit impertinence virtue itself looked like weakness and the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors and active to his own prejudice.

Animals in their generation are wiser than the sons of men, but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars and lies in a very narrow compass.

The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment is a secret which but few discover.

They were a people so primitive they did not know how to get money except by working for it.

'Tis pride rank pride and haughtiness of soul, I think the Romans call it stoicism.

When a man is made up wholly of the dove without the least grain of the serpent in his composition he becomes ridiculous in many circumstances of life and very often discredits his best actions

Husband a lie and trump it up in some extraordinary emergency.

What pity is it That we can die but once to serve our country.

I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much. I cannot recollect the words but here is the sense of it: ''What I spent I lost, what I possessed is left to others, what I gave away remains with me.''

If you wish success in life make perseverance your bosom friend experience your wise counselor caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.

There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.

The hours of a wise man are lengthened by his ideas.

This (Westminster Abbey) great Magazine of Mortality

Pray consider what a figure a man would make in the republic of letters.

When a man becomes familiar with his goddess she quickly sinks into a woman

Sir Roger told them, with the air of a man who would not give his judgement rashly, that much might be said on both sides.

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