Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison

English politician, writer and poet

Lived from: 1672-1719

Category: Politics | Poets (Contemporary) | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Joseph Addison

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    The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.
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    Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.
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    Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
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    One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.
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    A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
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    Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
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    Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
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    Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world, and ignorance of mankind.
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    That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?
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    True happiness 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.
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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.
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    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.
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    Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.
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    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.
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    Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought.
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