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154 Famous Quotes by Joseph Addison
5/1/1672 - 6/17/1719
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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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Health and cheerfulness mutually beget each other.

Health Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Spectator", no. 387

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A cheerful temper joined with innocence will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful and wit good-natured.

Cheerfulness Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: in the "Tatler", no. 192

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And those who paint 'em truest praise 'em most.

Painting Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: The Campaign (last line)

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Thy father's merit sets thee up to view, And shows thee in the fairest point of light, To make thy virtues, or thy faults, conspicuous.

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

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Why, a spirit is such a little, little thing, that I have heard man, who was a great scholar, say that he'll dance ye a hornpipe upon the point of a needle.

Spirits Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: The Drummer (act I, sc. 1)

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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, O falling into nought? Why shrinks the soul Back on herself, and startles at destruction? 'Tis the divinity that stirs within us; 'Tis heaven itself, that points out an hereafter, And intimates eternity to man.

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

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The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.

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

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I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying.

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

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There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.

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

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Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm.

Storms Quotes, by Joseph Addison , Source: The Campaign

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Eternity! thou pleasing dreadful thought! Through what variety of untried being, Through what new scenes and changes must we pass!

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

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If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.

Experience Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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

Happiness Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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

Laughter Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.

Absurdity 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 new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view.

Admiration Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.

Censure Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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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.

Courage Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.

Garden Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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

Honor Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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

Hope Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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The utmost extent of man's knowledge, is to know that he knows nothing.

Nothing Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.

Ostentation Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Pride Quotes, by Joseph Addison

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