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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    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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    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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    A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
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    Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.
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    Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty.
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    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.
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    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!
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