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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With regard to donations always expect the most from prudent people who keep their own accounts.
Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world and ignorance of mankind.
To say that authority whether secular or religious supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.
A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections to discover the concealed beauties of a writer and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.
An opera may be allowed to be extravagantly lavish in its decorations as its only design is to gratify the senses and keep up an indolent attention in the audience
Plenty of people wish to become devout but no one wishes to be humble.
Our friends don't see our faults or conceal them or soften them.
We have in England a particular bashfulness in everything that regards religion.