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 :: 1672-1719, British Essayist, Poet, Statesman

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Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought.
~ Joseph Addison - [Time and Time Management]

 

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Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
~ Joseph Addison - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.
~ Joseph Addison - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty.
~ Joseph Addison - [Attitude]

 

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He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort, should, when young, consider that he may one day become old, and remember when he is old, that he has once been young.
~ Joseph Addison - [Age and Aging]

 

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Husband a lie, and trump it up in some extraordinary emergency.
~ Joseph Addison - [Lies and Lying]

 

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I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much. I cannot recollect the words, but here is the sense of it: ''What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me.''
~ Joseph Addison - [Giving]

 

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I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.
~ Joseph Addison - [Despair]

 

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If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.
~ Joseph Addison - [Hope]

 

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If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it.
~ Joseph Addison - [Laughter]

 

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Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them.
~ Joseph Addison - [Organization]

 

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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!
~ Joseph Addison - [Treason]

 

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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.
~ Joseph Addison - [Censure]

 

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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.
~ Joseph Addison - [Perfection]

 

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It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age.
~ Joseph Addison - [Rivalry]

 

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Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another.
~ Joseph Addison - [Knowledge]

 

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Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
~ Joseph Addison - [Happiness]

 

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Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.
~ Joseph Addison - [Nature]

 

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Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness.
~ Joseph Addison - [Confidence]

 

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Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
~ Joseph Addison - [Humor]

 

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