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Joseph Addison
May 1, 1672 - June 17, 1719
Nationality: English
Category: Writer
Subcategory: English Writer

There is nothing more requisite in business than despatch.


A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.


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.


Talking with a friend is nothing else but thinking aloud.


To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.


Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble.


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


When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations.


What pity is it That we can die, but once to serve our country.


Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.


Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.


The Mind that lies fallow but a single Day, sprouts up in Follies that are only to be killed by a constant and assiduous Culture.


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.


There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.


Mysterious love, uncertain treasure, hast thou more of pain or pleasure! Endless torments dwell about thee: Yet who would live, and live without thee!

    Topics: Love

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.


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.


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.


Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.


Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.


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