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154 Famous Quotes by Joseph Addison
5/1/1672 - 6/17/1719
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Modesty in woman is a virtue most deserving, since we do all we can to cure her of it

Modesty Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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But silence never shows itself to so great an advantage, as when it is made the reply to calumny and defamation, provided that we give no just occasion for them.

Silence Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Tatler", no. 133

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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.

Moon Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Spectator", no. 465, Ode

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When all thy mercies, O my God, My rising soul surveys, Transported with the view I'm lost, In wonder, love and praise.

Mercy Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Hymn

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When a man becomes familiar with his goddess, she quickly sinks into a woman.

Familiarity Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.

Admiration Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves

Jealousy Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life.

Ridicule Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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When love once pleads admission to our hearts, (In spite of all the virtue we can boast), The woman that deliberates is lost.

Love Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act IV, sc. 1)

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Mysterious love, uncertain treasure, Hast thou more of pain or pleasure! . . . . Endless torments dwell above thee: Yet who would live, and live without thee!

Love Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Rosamond (act III, sc. 2)

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Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed.

Reading Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Tatler", no. 147

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Beauty soon grows familiar to the lover, Fades in his eye, and palls upon the sense.

Beauty Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act I, sc. 4)

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Who would not be that youth? What pity is it That we can die but once to save our country!

Patriotism Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act IV, sc. 4)

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Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands.

Charity Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Guardian", no. 166

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Should the whole frame of nature round him break In ruin and confusion hurled, He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack, And stand secure amidst a falling world.

Ruin Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Horace--Ode III (bk. III)

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It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.

Perfection Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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Admiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a perpetual succession of miracles rising into view.

Admiration Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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Nothing is more amiable than true modesty, and nothing more contemptible than the false

Modesty Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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Were not this desire of fame very strong, the difficulty of obtaining it, and the danger of losing it when obtained, would be sufficient to deter a man from so vain a pursuit.

Fame Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in "The Spectator", no. 255

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My death and life, My bane and antidote, are both before me.

Destiny Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act V, sc. 1)

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Is there not some chosen curse, Some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, Red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man Who owes his greatness to his country's ruin?

Treason Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act I, sc. 1)

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A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, his next to escape the censures of the world.

Heart Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Sir Roger on the Bench

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Why wilt thou add to all the griefs I suffer Imaginary ills, and fancy'd tortures?

Grief Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act IV, sc. 1)

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I have but nine-pence in ready money, but I can draw for a thousand pounds.

Speech Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: to a lady who complained of his having talked little in company, see "Boswell's Life of Johnson"

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A cobbler, . . . produced several new grins of his own invention, having been used to cut faces for many years together over his last.

Shoemaking Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Spectator", no. 173

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