Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

A Quote by Joseph Addison on affliction and prosperity

Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison

An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on authors, pleasure, and soul

I think I may define taste to be that faculty of the soul which discerns the beauties of an author with pleasure, and the imperfections with dislike.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on dawn, day, and fate

The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers, And heavily in clouds brings on the day, The great, the important day, big with the fate Of Cato and of Rome.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato. Act i. Sc. 1.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on knowledge

The utmost extent of man's knowledge, is to know that he knows nothing.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on good, laughter, life, and pleasure

One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on life and wit

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In all thy humours, whether grave or mellow, Thou'rt such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow, Hast so much wit and mirth and spleen about thee, There is no living with thee, nor without thee.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Spectator. No. 68.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on divinity and secrets

The transition from cause to effect, from event to event, is often carried on by secret steps, which our foresight cannot divine, and our sagacity is unable to trace.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on fidelity, happiness, ideas, and purpose

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on praise

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And those that paint them truest praise them most.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Campaign. Last line.

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