Quotations by Joseph Addison

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Born: Sunday, May 1, 1672
Died: Saturday, June 17, 1719 (47 years old)
Profession: Writer
Nationality: English


A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Blessings, Day, Influence)

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Man, Mind, World)

A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Talent, Eloquence, Man, Modesty)

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Truth, Virtue, Man)

A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Man)

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.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Observation, World, Worth, Writer)

A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Wedding, Advice, Clothes, Woman)

Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Admiration, Passion)

Among all kinds of Writing, there is none in which Authors are more apt to miscarry than in Works of Humour, as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Writing)

An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Absurdity, Man, Talking, Will)

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.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Wisdom, Men, Animals, Lies, Sons)

Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Honor)

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.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Genius, Books, Mankind, Posterity)

Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Health, Body, Cheerfulness, Mind)

Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts; in a uniform manner.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Courage, Constitution, Duty, Man, Sense)

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Imagination, Soul, Idea, Curiosity, Pleasure)

Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Wonder)

He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort, should, when young, consider that he may one day become old, and remember when he is old, that he has once been young.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Comfort, Day, Honor, May, Old, Years)

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."
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Man, Sense, Words)

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Being, Garden, Songs, Value)

I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Despair, Will)

If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Life, Dream, Hope, Act, Shadow)

If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Heart, Laughter, Man, May, Mirth)

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Experience, Life, Brother, Genius, Friend, Hope, Perseverance, Caution, Succeed)

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 them.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Men, Genius, Learning, Pearls, Want)

Is there not some chosen curse, some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country's ruin!
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Greatness, Country, Heaven, Man, Wrath)

It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Age, Censure, Folly, Man, Persecution, Weakness, World)

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Imperfection, Quiet)

Jesters do often prove prophets.
- Joseph Addison

Justice is an unassailable fortress, built on the brow of a mountain which cannot be overthrown by the violence of torrents, nor demolished by the force of armies.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Force, Justice, Violence)

Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Nature, Life, Calamity, Grief, Humanity, Treatment)

Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Change, Men, Nature, Climate, Common sense, Fool, Man, May)

Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Merit)

Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Cheerfulness, Clouds, Mind, Mirth, Serenity)

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Virtue, Modesty)

Music, the greatest good that mortals know and all of heaven we have hear below.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Music, Heaven)

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature, Inconsistency, Temper, Weakness)

Mysterious love, uncertain treasure, hast thou more of pain or pleasure! Endless torments dwell about thee: Yet who would live, and live without thee!
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Love, Pain, Treasure)

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Legal, Authority, Oppression)

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Music, Being, Nonsense, Nothing)

Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Power, Man, Mind, Nothing)

One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Life, Care, Laughter, Pleasure)

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Blessings, Disappointments, Patience)

Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: People, Wishes)

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Life, Living, Reading)

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Body, Exercise, Mind, Reading)

Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Affliction, Prosperity)

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
- Joseph Addison

Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Happiness, Virtue, Enemy, Suspicion, Will)

Talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Friend, Nothing, Talking, Thinking)



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