Joseph Addison Quotes

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

Joseph Addison

Whether zeal or moderation be the point we aim at, let us keep the fire out of the one, and the frost out of the other.

Joseph Addison

Let freedom never perish in your hands.

Joseph Addison

A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.

Joseph Addison

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

Joseph Addison

Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.

Joseph Addison

Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world and ignorance of mankind.

Joseph Addison

Vanity is the natural weakness of an ambitious man, which exposes him to the secret scorn and derision of those he converses with, and ruins the character he is so industrious to advance by it.

Joseph Addison

Tradition is an important help to history, but its statements should be carefully scrutinized before we rely on them.

Joseph Addison

Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.

Joseph Addison

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.

Joseph Addison

Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.

Joseph Addison

Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.

Joseph Addison

It is ridiculous for any man to criticize the works of another if he has not distinguished himself by his own performances

Joseph Addison

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

Joseph Addison

The post of honour is a private station.

Joseph Addison
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