Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

A Quote by Joseph Addison

Much may be said on both sides.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Spectator. No. 122.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on argument, doubt, gold, philosophy, reason, understanding, and wisdom

A man who is furnished with arguments from the mint, will convince his antagonist much sooner than one who draws them from reason and philosophy. - Gold is a wonderful clearer of the understanding; it dissipates every doubt and scruple in an instant; accommodates itself to the meanest capacities; silences the loud and clamorous, and cringes over the most obstinate and inflexible. - Philip of Macedon was a man of most invincible reason this way. He refuted by it all the wisdom of Athens; confounded their statesmen; struck their orators dumb; and at length argued them out of all their liberties.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on complaints, conversation, ideas, laughter, and life

It is very wonderful to see persons of the best sense passing hours together in shuffling and dividing a pack of cards with no conversation but what is made up of a few game-phrases, and no other ideas but those of black or red spots arranged together in different figures. Would not a man laugh to hear any one of his species complaining that life is short?

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on contentment, good, men, privacy, and vices

Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honoris a private station.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on beauty, familiarity, sex, and virtue

Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover, Fades in his eye, and palls upon the sense. The virtuous Marcia towers above her sex.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato. Act i. Sc. 4.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on good, humanity, and life

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison

Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on architecture, music, and painting

A man that has a taste of music, painting, or architecture, is like one that has another sense, when compared with such as have no relish of those arts.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on atheism and faith

To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on aim, moderation, and zeal

Whether zeal or moderation be the point we aim at, let us keep the fire out of the one, and the frost out of the other.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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