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Joseph Addison

  • Charity is the perfection and ornament of religion.

  • Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.

  • There is no virtue so truly great and godlike as justice.

  • The person who has a firm trust in the supreme Being is powerful in his power, wise by his wisdom, happy by his happiness.

  • Young men soon give and soon forget affronts; old age is slow in both.

  • Rides in the whirlwind, and directs the storm.

  • True happiness is of a retired nature and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self; and in the next, from the friendship and conversations of a few select companions.

  • Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.

  • Arguments out of a petty mouth are unanswerable.

  • Irresolution on the schemes of life which offer themselves to our choice, and inconstancy in pursuing them, are the greatest causes of all unhappiness.

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

  • Courage that grows from constitution ofter forsakes a man...courage which arises from a sense of duty acts in a uniform manner.

  • The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship.

  • If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend.

  • A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.

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

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

  • If I can in any way contribute to the Diversion or Improvement of the Country in which I live, I shall leave it, when I am summoned out of it, with the secret satisfaction of thinking that I have not lived in vain.

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

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

  • There is no society or conversation to be kept up in the world without good nature, or something which must bear its appearance and supply its place. For this reason, mankind have been forced to invent a kind of artificial humanity, which is what we express by the word Good Breeding.

  • Colors speak all languages.

  • Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity.

  • A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants, and how much more unhappy he might be than he really is.

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

  • Nothing that is not a real crime makes a man appear so contemptible and little in the eyes of the world as inconsistency.

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