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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Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness

The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise are good nature truth good sense and good breeding

This Mr Dryden calls `the fairy way of writing'.

To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny

With regard to donations always expect the most from prudent people who keep their own accounts.

Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius who are often too full to be exact and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader rather than be at the pains of stringing the

Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world and ignorance of mankind.

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature

One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.

A man with great talents but void of discretion is like Polyphemus in the fable strong and blind endued with an irresistible force which for want of sight is of no use to him

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.

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.

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.

Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity

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