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154 Famous Quotes by Joseph Addison
5/1/1672 - 6/17/1719
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Amidst the soft variety I'm lost.

Variety Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Letter from Italy (l. 100)

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The sense of honour is of so fine and delicate a nature, that it is only to be met with in minds which are naturally noble, or in such as have been cultivated by good examples, or a refined education.

Honor Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Guardian", no. 161

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Better to die ten thousand deaths, Than wound my honour.

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

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Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails and impious men bear away, The post of honor is a private station.

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

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The honors of this world, what are they but puff, and emptiness, and peril of falling?

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

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What means this heaviness that hangs upon me? This lethargy that creeps through all my senses? Nature, oppress'd and harrass'd out with care, Sinks down to rest.

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

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If there's a power above us, (and that there is all nature cries aloud Through all her works) he must delight in virtue.

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

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Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly.

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

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And pleas'd th' Almighty's orders to perform, Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.

Providence Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: The Campaign

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Young men soon give and soon forget affronts; Old age is slow in both.

Youth Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Cato (act II, sc. 5)

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Advertisements are of great use to the vulgar. First of all, as they are instruments of ambition. A man that is by no means big enough for the Gazette, may easily creep into the advertisements; by which means we often see an apothecary in the same paper of news with a plenipotentiary, or a running footman with an ambassador.

Journalism Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Tatler", no. 224

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I would . . . earnestly advise them for their good to order this paper to be punctually served up, and to be looked upon as a part of the tea equipage.

Journalism Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Spectator", no. 10

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The great art in writing advertisements is the finding out a proper method to catch the reader's eye; without which a good thing may pass over unobserved, or be lost among commissions of bankrupt.

Journalism Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Tatler", no. 224

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They consume a considerable quantity of our paper manufacture, employ our artisans in printing, and find business for great numbers of indigent persons.

Journalism Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Spectator", no. 367

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Let echo, too, perform her part, Prolonging every note with art; And in a low expiring strain, Play all the comfort o'er again.

Echo Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Ode for St. Cecelia's Day

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Music religious heat inspires, It wakes the soul, and lifts it high, And wings it with sublime desires, And fits it to bespeak the Deity.

Music Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: A Song for St. Cecilia's Day (st. 4)

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Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails and impious men bear away, The post of honor is a private station.

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

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Thanks to the gods! my boy has done his duty.

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

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In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.

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

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When I read the rules of criticism, I immediately inquire after the works of the author who has written them, and by that means discover what it is he likes in a composition.

Criticism Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Guardian", no. 115

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Method is not less requisite in ordinary conversation than in writing, provided a man would talk to make himself understood.

Conversation Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Spectator", no. 476

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We are growing serious, and, let me tell you, that's the very next step to being dull.

Stupidity Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: The Drummer (act IV, sc. 6)

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Antidotes are what you take to prevent dotes.

Stupidity Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: The Drummer (act IV, sc. 6)

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Artificial intelligence will never be a match for natural stupidity.

Stupidity Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: The Drummer (act IV, sc. 6)

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For whereso'er I turn my ravished eyes, Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise; Poetic fields encompass me around, And still I seem to tread on classic ground.

Italy Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: Letter from Italy

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