Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

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 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.

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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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A Quote by Joseph Addison on age, greatness, posterity, and privilege

It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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