Joseph Addison Quotes

The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding

Joseph Addison

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

Joseph Addison

A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty Is worth a whole eternity in bondage.

Joseph Addison

The sense of honour is of so fine and delicate a nature, that it is only to be met with in minds which are naturally noble, or in such as have been cultivated by good examples, or a refined education.

Joseph Addison

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

Joseph Addison

Blesses his stars, and thinks it luxury.

Joseph Addison

We see the pernicious effects of luxury in the ancient Romans, who immediately found themselves poor as soon as this vice got footing among them.

Joseph Addison

Hunting is not a proper employment for a thinking man.

Joseph Addison

There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.

Joseph Addison

Exercise ferments the humors, casts them into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature in those secret distributions, without which the body cannot subsist in its vigor, nor the soul act with cheerfulness.

Joseph Addison

Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands.

Joseph Addison

To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude

Joseph Addison

Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.

Joseph Addison

In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.

Joseph Addison

An opera may be allowed to be extravagantly lavish in its decorations, as its only design is to gratify the senses and keep up an indolent attention in the audience

Joseph Addison

There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol

Joseph Addison
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