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Joseph Addison Quotes

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

Our disputants put me in mind of the cuttlefish that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens the water about him till he becomes invisible.

Category: Slander

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

Category: Solitude

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

Category: Stardom

Our delight in any particular study, art, or science rises and improves in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus, what was at first an exercise becomes at length an entertainment.

Category: Studying

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.

Category: Suspicion

Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought.

Category: Time And Time Management

Is there not some chosen curse, some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country's ruin!

Category: Treason

Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.

Category: Virtue

A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.

Category: Weather