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154 Famous Quotes by Joseph Addison
5/1/1672 - 6/17/1719
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The friendships of the world are oft Confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasure; Ours has severest virtue for its basis, And such a friendship ends not but with life.

Friendship Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act III, sc. 1)

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Oh! think what anxious moments pass between The birth of plots, and their last fatal periods, Oh! 'tis a dreadful interval of time, Filled up with horror all, and big with death!

Conscience Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act I, sc. 3)

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O ye powers that search The heart of man, and weigh his inmost thoughts, If I have done amiss, impute it not! The best may err, but you are good.

Repentance Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act V, sc. 4)

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I think the Romans call it Stoicism.

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

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The soul, secured in her existence, smiles At the drawn dagger, and defies its point.

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

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The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, the best of circumstances.

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

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Justice discards party, friendship, kindred, and is therefore always represented as blind.

Justice Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Guardian", no. 99

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There in no virtue so truly great and godlike as justice.

Justice Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Guardian", no. 99

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What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.

Soul Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Spectator", no. 215

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But thou shall flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.

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

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'Tis not in mortals to command success, But we'll do more, Sempronius,-- We'll deserve it.

Success Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act I, sc. 2)

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The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.

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

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There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch.

Business Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: The Drummer (act V, sc. 1)

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The circumstance which gives authors an advantage above all these great masters, is this, that they can multiply their originals; or rather, can make copies of their works, to what number they please, which shall be as valuable as the originals themselves.

Authorship Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Spectator", no. 166

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Much might be said on both sides.

Argument Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Spectator", no. 122

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Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation, as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.

Books Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Spectator", no. 166

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I will indulge my sorrows, and give way To all the pangs and fury of despair.

Despair Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act IV, sc. 3)

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The spacious firmament on high, With all the blue ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim. Forever singing, as they shine, The hand that made us is divine.

Stars Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Ode--The Spacious Firmament on High

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A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty Is worth a whole eternity in bondage.

Liberty Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act II, sc. 1)

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Yet then from all my grief, O Lord, Thy mercy set me free, Whilst in the confidence of pray'r My soul took hold on thee. - Joseph Addison,

Prayer Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Miscellaneous Poems--Divine Ode made by Gentleman on Conclusion of his Travels (verse 6)

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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.

Zeal Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Freeholder (no. 5)

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A thousand trills and quivering sounds In airy circles o'er us fly, Till, wafted by a gentle breeze, They faint and languish by degrees, And at a distance die.

Sound Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: An Ode for St. Cecelia's Day (VI)

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My voice is still for war.

War Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato

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From hence, let fierce contending nations know, What dire effects from civil discord flow.

War Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act V, sc. 4)

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The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers, And heavily in clouds brings on the day, The great, the important day, big with the fate Of Cato, and of Rome.

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

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