Joseph Addison Quotes

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.

Joseph Addison

To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.

Joseph Addison

Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble.

Joseph Addison

There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol

Joseph Addison

The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.

Joseph Addison

True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.

Joseph Addison

Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.

Joseph Addison

Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.

Joseph Addison

If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling.

Joseph Addison

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

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

Devotion, when it does not lie under the check of reason, is apt to degenerate into enthusiasm.

Joseph Addison

Modesty in woman is a virtue most deserving, since we do all we can to cure her of it.

Joseph Addison

Nothing is more amiable than true modesty, and nothing more contemptible than the false.

Joseph Addison

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.

Joseph Addison

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