Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

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 change, climate, common sense, men, and nature

Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.

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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