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Joseph Addison Quotes

(1672-1719), British Essayist, Poet, Statesman

Admiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view.

Category: Admiration

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.

Category: Age And Aging

To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.

Category: Amusement

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.

Category: Animals

The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger; the first is a perpetual call upon them to propagate their kind, the latter to preserve themselves.

Category: Appetite

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.

Category: Appreciation

Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.

Category: Argument

Good nature is more agreeable in conversation than wit and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty.

Category: Attitude

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

Category: Authority

There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.

Category: Beauty

With regard to donations always expect the most from prudent people, who keep their own accounts.

Category: Benefactors

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.

Category: Bigotry

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.

Category: Books And Reading

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.

Category: Books And Reading

There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch.

Category: Business