Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

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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A Quote by Joseph Addison on gloom

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Mirth is like a flash of lightning that breaks through a gloom of clouds and glitters for a moment.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Spectator, no. 381 (London), 17 May 1712.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on good, heaven, and music

Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on birth, earth, listening, and truth

Soon as the evening shades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale, And nightly to the listening earth Repeats the story of her birth; While all the stars that round her burn, And all the planets in their turn, Confirm the tidings as they roll, And spread the truth from pole to pole.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Ode.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on direction

And, pleased the Almighty's orders to perform, Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Campaign. Line 291.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on country, good, nations, virtue, and zeal

There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Freeholder.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on virtue

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Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato. Act v. Sc. 4.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on brothers, caution, elderly, experience, friendship, genius, hope, life, perseverance, success, and wishes

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison

A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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