Joseph Addison Quotes

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

A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.

Joseph Addison

Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.

Joseph Addison

Marriage enlarges the scene of our happiness and of our miseries. A marriage of love is pleasant, of interest, easy, and where both meet, happy. A happy marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendship, all the enjoyments of sense and reason, and,

Joseph Addison

The union of the Word and Mind produces that mystery which is called life...Learn deeply of the Mind and its mystery, for their-in lies the secret of mortality.

Joseph Addison

There are greater depths and obscurities, greater intricacies and perplexities, in an elaborate and well-written piece of nonsense, than in the most abstruse and profound tract of school divinity.

Joseph Addison

The transition from cause to effect, from event to event, is often carried on by secret steps, which our foresight cannot divine, and our sagacity is unable to trace.

Joseph Addison

Mysterious love, uncertain treasure, hast thou more of pain or pleasure! Endless torments dwell about thee: Yet who would live, and live without thee!

Joseph Addison

Nothing that isn't a real crime makes a man appear so contemptible and little in the eyes of the world as inconsistency.

Joseph Addison

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.

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

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.

Joseph Addison

Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves

Joseph Addison

From hence, let fierce contending nations know, What dire effects from civil discord flow

Joseph Addison
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