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

Those Marriages generally abound most with Love and Constancy, that are preceded by a long Courtship.


The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.

    Topics: Friendship

Young men soon give, and soon forget, affronts; old age is slow in both.


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.

    Topics: Friendship

The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.

    Topics: Death

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.


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.


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.


Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.


The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.


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.


The union of the Word and the Mind produces that mystery which is called Life... Learn deeply of the Mind and its mystery, for therein lies the secret of immortality.


There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's head-dress.


The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune.


The utmost extent of man's knowledge, is to know that he knows nothing.


Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion.


Jesters do often prove prophets.


Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.


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.

    Topics: Courage

Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.


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