Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

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 christianity, death, and peace

See in what peace a Christian can die.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on laughter

Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Spectator, September 26, 1712

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on gloom, joy, kindness, laughter, life, mind, nature, pleasure, soul, and weakness

Laughter, while it lasts, slackens and unbraces the mind, weakens the faculties and causes a kind of remissness and dissolution in all the powers of the soul; and thus it may be looked on as weakness in the composition of human nature. But if we consider the frequent reliefs we receive from it and how often it breaks the gloom which is apt to depress the mind and damp our spirits, with transient, unexpected gleams of joy, one would take care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on belief, heart, and laughter

If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Spectator

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on authority and oppression

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Political Fragments, 1794

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on age, business, life, and retirement

Though we seem grieved at the shortness of life in general, we are wishing every period of it at an end. The minor longs to be at age, then to be a man of business, then to make up an estate, then to arrive at honors, then to retire.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on future, life, and present

There is not any present moment that is unconnected with some future one. The life of every man is a continued chain of incidents, each link of which hangs upon the former.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison

Whilst I yet live, let me not live in vain.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on life, love, and soul

Love is a second life; it grows into the soul, warms every vein, and beats in every pulse.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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