Joseph Addison

1672 - 1719

A Quote by Joseph Addison on happiness, life, questions, and yielding

The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on fortune, gifts, gold, good, and nature

A good disposition is more valuable than gold, for the latter is the gift of fortune, but the former is the dower of nature.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on divinity

For ever singing as they shine, The hand that made us is divine.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Ode.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on happiness, hope, life, and love

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on desires, destruction, divinity, eternity, heaven, hope, immortality, secrets, soul, and thought

It must be so,-Plato, thou reasonest well! Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire, This longing after immortality? Or whence this secret dread and inward horror Of falling into naught? Why shrinks the soul Back on herself, and startles at destruction? 'T is the divinity that stirs within us; 'T is Heaven itself that points out an hereafter, And intimates eternity to man. Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought!

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato. Act v. Sc. 1.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on body, cheerfulness, exercise, nature, secrets, and soul

Exercise ferments the humors, casts them into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature in those secret distributions, without which the body cannot subsist in its vigor, nor the soul act with cheerfulness.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Spectator, July 12, 1711

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on good, philosophy, and writers

It was a saying of an ancient philosopher, which I find some of our writers have ascribed to Queen Elizabeth, who perhaps might have taken occasion to repeat it, that a good face is a letter of recommendation.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Spectator

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on constitution, courage, and duty

Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts in a uniform manner.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on divinity

The Hand that made us is divine.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Spectator, no. 465.

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on losing and women

The woman that deliberates is lost.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Cato. Act iv. Sc. 1.

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