Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

A Quote by Joseph Addison on age, criticism, defense, greatness, kindness, persecution, and weakness

Criticism::"It is folly for an eminent person to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected by it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age, have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defense against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness, as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on art, entertainment, exercise, improvement, science, and study

Our delight in any particular study, art, or science rises and improves in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus, what was at first an exercise becomes at length an entertainment.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on death and honor

Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on choice, life, and unhappiness

Irresolution on the schemes of life which offer themselves to our choice, and inconstancy in pursuing them, are the greatest causes of all our unhappiness.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on birth, earth, and listening

Soon as the evening shades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale, And nightly to the listening earth Repeats the story of her birth.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on complaints, imperfection, and quiet

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on advice, clothes, wedding, and women

A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Spectator

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on music and nonsense

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

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Spectator. no. 18.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on body, exercise, mind, and reading

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

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on benevolence, compassion, and existence

True benevolence, or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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