Joseph Addison Quotes (64 quotations)

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1. A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us; and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us from without. - Joseph Addison

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

3. A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side. - Joseph Addison

4. A man should always consider... how much more unhappy he might be than he is. - Joseph Addison

5. A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer. - Joseph Addison

6. All human joys are swift of wing, for heaven doth so allot it; That when you get an easy thing, you find you haven't got it. - Joseph Addison

7. An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person. - Joseph Addison

8. Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable. - Joseph Addison

9. 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. - Joseph Addison

10. Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station. - Joseph Addison

11. 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. - Joseph Addison

12. Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed. - Joseph Addison

13. 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. - Joseph Addison

14. Friendship improves hapiness and reduces misery, by doubting our joys and dividing our grief. - Joseph Addison

15. Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief. - Joseph Addison

16. From social intercourse are derived some of the highest enjoyments of life; where there is a free interchange of sentiments the mind acquires new ideas, and by frequent exercise of its powers, the understanding gains fresh vigor. - Joseph Addison

17. 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. - Joseph Addison

18. 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! - Joseph Addison

19. I consider an human soul without education like marble in the quarry, which shows none of its inherent beauties till the skill of the polisher fetches out the colours, makes the surface shine, and discovers every ornamental cloud, spot and vein that runs through the body of it. - Joseph Addison

20. I think I may define taste to be that faculty of the soul which discerns the beauties of an author with pleasure, and the imperfections with dislike. - Joseph Addison

21. I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs. - Joseph Addison

22. If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling. - Joseph Addison

23. If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius. - Joseph Addison

24. If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. - Joseph Addison

25. It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution. - Joseph Addison

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