Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

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 animals, generations, lies, men, sons, and wisdom

Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Spectator, 18 July 1711.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on heart, honesty, mind, satisfaction, and world

Man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and next to escape the censures of the world. If the last interfere with the first it should be entirely neglected. But if not, there cannot be a greater satisfaction to an honest mind than to see its own approbation seconded by the applause of the public.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on art, good, losing, and writing

The great art in writing advertisements is the finding out of a proper method to catch the reader's eye; without which, a good thing may pass over unobserved, or lost among commissions of bankrupt.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on guilt and vices

When a man has been guilty of any vice or folly, the best atonement he can make for it is to warn others not to fall into the like.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on advice

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There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on day and honor

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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.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on unhappiness

There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Spectator, no. 124 (London), 23 July 1711.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on clarity

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Allegories, when well chosen, are like so many tracks of light in a discourse, that make everything about them clear and beautiful.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on ancestry and good

Title and ancestry render a good man more illustrious, but an ill one more contemptible.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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