Joseph Addison

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Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.

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Joseph Addison #Age

Photo of Joseph Addison Young men soon give, and soon forget, affronts old age is slow in both.
Joseph Addison #Beauty

Photo of Joseph Addison There is nothing that makes its way more directly into the soul than beauty.
Joseph Addison #Best #Health

Photo of Joseph Addison Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.
Joseph Addison #Business

Photo of Joseph Addison There is nothing more requisite in business than despatch.
Joseph Addison #Change #Nature

Photo of Joseph Addison 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.
Joseph Addison #Experience #Hope #Life #Success

Photo of Joseph Addison 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 #Faith #Great

Photo of Joseph Addison To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to recieve all the great truths which atheism would deny.
Joseph Addison #Age #Nature

Photo of Joseph Addison 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.
Joseph Addison #Age

Photo of Joseph Addison 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 #Music

Photo of Joseph Addison Music, the greatest good that mortals know and all of heaven we have hear below.
Joseph Addison #Music

Photo of Joseph Addison Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
Joseph Addison #Nature

Photo of Joseph Addison There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's head-dress.
Joseph Addison #Nature

Photo of Joseph Addison Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.
Joseph Addison #Nature

Photo of Joseph Addison To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.
Joseph Addison #Power

Photo of Joseph Addison Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion.
Joseph Addison #Friendship

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

Photo of Joseph Addison 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 #Great

Photo of Joseph Addison 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 #Hope

Photo of Joseph Addison 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.
Joseph Addison #Learning

Photo of Joseph Addison Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them.
Joseph Addison #Patience

Photo of Joseph Addison 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.
Joseph Addison #Truth

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

Photo of Joseph Addison A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
Joseph Addison #Sympathy

Photo of Joseph Addison I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.
Joseph Addison #Courage

Photo of Joseph Addison 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.