Joseph Addison

(1672-1719 / England)

Joseph Addison Quotes

  • ''The unjustifiable severity of a parent is loaded with this aggravation, that those whom he injures are always in his sight.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragments, "The Cruelty of Parental Tyranny," (1794).
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  • ''For wheresoe'er I turn my ravished eyes,
    Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise,
    Poetic fields encompass me around,
    And still I seem to tread on classic ground.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. repr. In Works of Addison, ed. R. Hurd (1883). Letter from Italy (1704).
  • ''I will indulge my sorrows, and give way
    To all the pangs and fury of despair.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Marcia, in Cato, act 4, sc. 3.
  • ''The woman that deliberates is lost.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. repr. In Works of Addison, ed. R. Hurd (1883). Marcia, in Cato, act 4, sc. 1 (1713).
  • ''I have observed, that a Reader seldom peruses a Book with Pleasure, 'till he knows whether the Writer of it be a black or a fair Man, of a mild or cholerick Disposition, Married or a Batchelor, with other Particulars of the like nature, that conduce very much to the right understanding of an Author.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. Mr. Spectator, in The Spectator, No. 1 (1711).
  • ''Thus I live in the World, rather as a Spectator of Mankind, than as one of the Species.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. Mr. Spectator, in The Spectator, No. 1 (1711).
  • ''Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. "Of Friendship," Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragments (1794).
  • ''The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. "Of Friendship," Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragment (1794).
  • ''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.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. "On Suspicion," Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragments (1794).
  • '''Tis not in mortals to command success,
    But we'll do more, Sempronius, we'll deserve it.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. repr. In Works of Addison, ed. R. Hurd (1883). Portius, in Cato, act 1, sc. 2 (1713). "Curse on the stripling!" responds Sempronius, father of Portius, "... ambitiously sententious."

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Best Poem of Joseph Addison

Ode

The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heav'ns, a shining frame,
Their great original proclaim:
Th' unwearied Sun, from day to day,
Does his Creator's power display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an Almighty Hand.

Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The Moon takes up the wondrous tale,
And nightly to the list'ning Earth
Repeats the story of her birth:
Whilst all the stars that round her burn,
And all the planets, in their turn,
Confirm...

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The Spacious Firmament

The Spacious Firmament on high,
With all the blue Ethereal Sky,
And spangled Heav'ns, a Shining Frame,
Their great Original proclaim:
Th' unwearied Sun, from day to day,
Does his Creator's Pow'r display,
And publishes to every Land
The Work of an Almighty Hand.

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