Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

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 preparation

The Lord my pasture shall prepare, And feed me with a shepherd's care; His presence shall my wants supply, And guard me with a watchful eye.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Spectator. No. 444.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on action, conversation, ideas, mind, senses, and variety

Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses. It fills the mind with the largest variety of ideas, converses with its objects at the greatest distance, and continues the longest in action without being tired or satiated.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Spectator, no. 411.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on death, debate, slavery, and war

My voice is still for war. Gods! can a Roman senate long debate Which of the two to choose, slavery or death?

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato. Act ii. Sc. 1.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on exercise, ideas, life, mind, and understanding

From social intercourse are derived some of the highest enjoyments of life; where there is a free interchange of sentiments the mind acquires new ideas, and by frequent exercise of its powers, the understanding gains fresh vigor.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on solitude

To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on confusion, nature, security, and world

Should the whole frame of Nature round him break, In ruin and confusion hurled, He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack, And stand secure amidst a falling world.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Horace. Ode iii. Book iii.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on fraud, guilt, philosophy, rebellion, and temper

Thy steady temper, Portius, Can look on guilt, rebellion, fraud, and Cæsar, In the calm lights of mild philosophy.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato. Act i. Sc. 1.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on success

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'T is not in mortals to command success, But we 'll do more, Sempronius, - we 'll deserve it.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato. Act i. Sc. 2.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Spectator, no. 112 (London), 9 July 1711.

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