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  1. If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.


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


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


  4. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.


  5. 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.


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


  7. I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.


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


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


  10. There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.


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


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


  13. Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.

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  14. The disease of jealously is so malignant that is converts all it takes into its own nourishment.


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


  16. 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.

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

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


  19. There is not, in my opinion, anything more mysterious in nature than this instinct in animals, which thus rise above reason, and yet fall infinitely short of it.


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


  21. Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.


  22. Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought.


  23. A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.


  24. Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.


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


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


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


  28. Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.


  29. Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness.


  30. 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.



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About Joseph Addison

Name Joseph Addison
About Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politici
Quotes 127 quotes
Nationality English
Profession Writer
Birthday May 1, 1672
Top topics happiness, life, nature, mind, age

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

    • 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.

    • arises

    Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.

    • happiness

    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.

    • happiness

    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.

    • happiness

    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 conversation of a few select companions.

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    If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.

    • success

    The union of the Word and the Mind produces that mystery which is called Life... Learn deeply of the Mind and its mystery, for therein lies the secret of immortality.


    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.

    • flowers

    We make provisions for this life as if it were never to have an end, and for the other life as though it were never to have a beginning.


    Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.


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    The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding.


    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.


    The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.


    To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.


    Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.

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

    • body

    The union of the Word and the Mind produces that mystery which is called Life... Learn deeply of the Mind and its mystery, for therein lies the secret of immortality.

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    The Mind that lies fallow but a single Day, sprouts up in Follies that are only to be killed by a constant and assiduous Culture.


    Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion.


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    Though we seem grieved at the shortness of life in general, we are wishing every period of it at an end. The minor longs to be at age, then to be a man of business, then to make up an estate, then to arrive at honors, then to retire.

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    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.

    • age

    The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.

    • age

    It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.


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The union of the Word and the Mind produces that mystery which is called Life... Learn deeply of the Mind and its mystery, for therein lies the secret of immortality.

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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.


As vivacity is the gift of women, gravity is that of men.


Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.


'Tis not in mortals to command success, but we'll do more, Sempronius, we'll deserve it.


Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.


One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.


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

  • friends

Though we seem grieved at the shortness of life in general, we are wishing every period of it at an end. The minor longs to be at age, then to be a man of business, then to make up an estate, then to arrive at honors, then to retire.

  • age

The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding.

  • breeding

Among all kinds of Writing, there is none in which Authors are more apt to miscarry than in Works of Humour, as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel.


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

  • music

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.


Young people soon give, and forget insults, but old age is slow in both.


We make provisions for this life as if it were never to have an end, and for the other life as though it were never to have a beginning.

  • life

The post of honor is a private station.


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

  • friends

Words, when well chosen, have so great a force in them, that a description often gives us more lively ideas than the sight of things themselves.


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


Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another.


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


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


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


There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch.


Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble.


See in what peace a Christian can die.


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!


The unassuming youth seeking instruction with humility gains good fortune.


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."


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.


There is nothing more requisite in business than despatch.

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The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.

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If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.


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


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.


Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts; in a uniform manner.


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


Hope calculates its scenes for a long and durable life; presses forward to imaginary points of bliss; and grasps at impossibilities; and consequently very often ensnares men into beggary, ruin and dishonor.

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


There is not any present moment that is unconnected with some future one. The life of every man is a continued chain of incidents, each link of which hangs upon the former. The transition from cause to effect, from event to event, is often carried on by secret steps, which our foresight cannot divine, and our sagacity is unable to trace. Evil may at some future period bring forth good; and good may bring forth evil, both equally unexpected.


If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling.

  • argument

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

  • business

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.

  • age

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


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.

  • happiness

The utmost extent of man's knowledge, is to know that he knows nothing.


Jesters do often prove prophets.


When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations.


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.


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.

  • father

The post of honour is a private station.


Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.

  • honor

I always rejoice when I see a tribunal filled with a man of an upright and inflexible temper, who in the execution of his country


Husband a lie, and trump it up in some extraordinary emergency.


A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and his next to escape the censures of the world.


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.

  • insults

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.

  • nature

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 conversation of a few select companions.

  • happiness

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


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.

  • pleasure

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.


If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it.

  • laughter

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


Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.


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


There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's head-dress.


Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion.

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It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of ;antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.

  • censorship

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.


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

  • humility

Self discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.


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


To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to recieve all the great truths which atheism would deny.


Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.

  • adding

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.


Justice is an unassailable fortress, built on the brow of a mountain which cannot be overthrown by the violence of torrents, nor demolished by the force of armies.


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

  • friends

A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.


Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.


The Mind that lies fallow but a single Day, sprouts up in Follies that are only to be killed by a constant and assiduous Culture.

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


A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.


Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts ;in a uniform manner.


A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves a constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions that can possibly befall us.


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.

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Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.

  • education

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.

  • charity

The circumstance which gives authors an advantage above all these great masters, is this, that they can multiply their originals; or rather, can make copies of their works, to what number they please, which shall be as valuable as the originals themselves.

  • authors

To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.

  • attribute

The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.

  • age

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


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.


Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.

  • serenity

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.


Authors have established it as a kind of rule, that a man ought to be dull sometimes; as the most severe reader makes allowances for many rests and nodding places in a voluminous writer.

  • reading

Advertisements are of great use to the vulgar. First of all, as they are instruments of ambition. A man that is by no means big enough for the Gazette, may easily creep into the advertisements; by which means we often see an apothecary in the same paper of news with a plenipotentiary, or a running footman with an ambassador.


It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.

  • affected


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