'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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Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
Source: Spectator, no. 112 (London), 9 July 1711.
Round-heads and wooden-shoes are standing jokes.
Source: Prologue to The Drummer.
It must be so, Plato, thou reason'st well!
'We are always doing', says he, 'something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.'
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.
Source: The Spectator.
Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world, and ignorance of mankind.
'T 's pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul; I think the Romans call it stoicism.
Source: Cato. Act i. Sc. 4.
There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch.
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.
Source: Spectator, no. 93 (London), 16 June 1711.
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