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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Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country's ruin?
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.
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.
Source: Spectator, no. 124 (London), 23 July 1711.
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