Joseph Addison Quotes

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.
Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.
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.
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations.
Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.
The Fear of Death often proves Mortal, and sets People on Methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.
There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.
One's religion is whatever he is most interested in, and yours is Success.
Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.
A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life.
I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.
The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger the first is a perpetual call upon them to propagate their kind, the latter to preserve themselves.
Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
'We are always doing', says he, 'something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.
What pity is it that we can die but once to serve our country
Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.
The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
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.
If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling.
An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.
True happiness... arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self.
Self discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.
If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.
Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.
A misery is not to be measure from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.
What an absurd thing it is to pass over all the valuable parts of a man, and fix our attention on his infirmities.
How beautiful is death, when earn'd by virtue Who would not be that youth What pity is it That we can die but once to serve our country
True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.
Exercise ferments the humors, casts them into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature in those secret distributions, without which the body cannot subsist in its vigor, nor the soul act with cheerfulness.
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