Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

A Quote by Joseph Addison on constitution, courage, and duty

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.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on divinity

The Hand that made us is divine.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Spectator, no. 465.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on losing and women

The woman that deliberates is lost.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato. Act iv. Sc. 1.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on country, death, and pity

What a pity is it That we can die but once to save our country!

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato. Act iv. Sc. 4.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on nations

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From hence, let fierce contending nations know What dire effects from civil discord flow.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato. Act v. Sc. 4.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on consequences, discretion, errors, learning, life, mind, perfection, prejudice, rest, sharing, talent, value, virtue, weakness, wit, work, and world

There are many shining qualities on the mind of man; but none so useful as discretion. It is this which gives a value to all the rest, and sets them at work in their proper places, and turns them to the advantage of their possessor. Without it, learning is pedantry; wit, impertinence; virtue itself looks like weakness; and the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice. Though a man has all other perfections and wants discretion, he will be of no great consequence in the world; but if he has this single talent in perfection, and but a common share of others, he may do what he pleases in his station of life.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on christmas and thought

I have often thought, it happens very well that Christmas should fall out in the Middle of Winter.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on poetry

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For wheresoe'er I turn my ravish'd eyes, Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise, Poetic fields encompass me around, And still I seem to tread on classic ground.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: A Letter from Italy.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on mind and water

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Our disputants put me in mind of the skuttle fish, that when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens all the water about him, till he becomes invisible.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Spectator

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on age, death, existence, immortality, life, nature, soul, war, and youth

I 'm weary of conjectures,-this must end 'em. Thus am I doubly armed: my death and life, My bane and antidote, are both before me: This in a moment brings me to an end; But this informs me I shall never die. The soul, secured in her existence, smiles At the drawn dagger, and defies its point. 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 war of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato. Act v. Sc. 1.

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