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Joseph Addison Quotes

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

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

Category: Education

Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.

Category: Family

That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?

Category: Fathers

Our friends don't see our faults, or conceal them, or soften them.

Category: Faults

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.

Category: Friends And Friendship

Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.

Category: Friends And Friendship

The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasures.

Category: Friends And Friendship

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

Category: Friends And Friendship

A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants...

Category: Fulfillment

I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much. I cannot recollect the words, but here is the sense of it: ''What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me.''

Category: Giving

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Category: Happiness

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Category: Happiness

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.

Category: Happiness

Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.

Category: Honor

The post of honor is a private station.

Category: Honor