Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

A Quote by Joseph Addison on education, sculpture, and soul

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Spectator, no. 215 (London), 6 November 1711.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on country and greatness

Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country's ruin?

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on reason

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It must be so, Plato, thou reason'st well!

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on posterity

'We are always doing', says he, 'something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.'

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on cruelty, fear, honesty, morality, power, and privacy

An honest private man often grows cruel and abandoned when converted into an absolute prince. Give a man power of doing what he pleases with impunity, you extinguish his fear, and consequently overturn in him one of the great pillars of morality.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Spectator.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on ignorance, mankind, prejudice, and world

Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world, and ignorance of mankind.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on pride and soul

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'T 's pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul; I think the Romans call it stoicism.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato. Act i. Sc. 4.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on business

There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on authors, emptiness, entertainment, life, and reading

Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Spectator, no. 93 (London), 16 June 1711.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on authors and kindness

Authors have established it as a kind of rule, that a man ought to be dull sometimes; as the most severe reader makes allowances for many rests and nodding-places in a voluminous writer.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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

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