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Joseph Addison Quotes

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

Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below.

Category: Music

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.

Category: Music

Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.

Category: Nature

Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them.

Category: Organization

An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.

Category: Ostentation

The unjustifiable severity of a parent is loaded with this aggravation, that those whom he injures are always in his sight.

Category: Parents And Parenting

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.

Category: Patience

What pity is it That we can die, but once to serve our country.

Category: Patriotism

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.

Category: Perfection

The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.

Category: Pleasure

''We are always doing,'' says he, ''something for posterity, but I would see posterity do something for us.''

Category: Posterity

Prejudice and self-sufficiency naturally proceed from inexperience of the world, and ignorance of mankind.

Category: Prejudice

Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Category: Pride

It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age.

Category: Rivalry

We are growing serious, and let me tell you, that's the next step to being dull.

Category: Seriousness