Quotes by English Writer Joseph Addison



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. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Joseph Addison

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

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

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. Joseph Addison

Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm. Joseph Addison

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

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. Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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. Joseph Addison


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