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. "The Cruelty of Parental Tyranny," Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragments (1794).
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  • ''No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. "The Cruelty of Parental Tyranny," Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragments (1794).
  • ''That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. "The Cruelty of Parental Tyranny," Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragments (1794).
  • ''To a man of pleasure every moment appears to be lost, which partakes not of the vivacity of amusement.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. "The Man of Pleasure," Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragments (1794).
  • ''In Reason's Ear they all rejoice,
    And utter forth a glorious Voice,
    For ever singing, as they shine,
    The Hand that made us is Divine.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist and politician. The Spacious Firmament on High (l. 21-24). . . New Oxford Book of Christian Verse, The. Donald Davie, ed. (1981) Oxford University Press.
  • ''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.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist and politician. The Spacious Firmament on High (l. 1-8). . . New Oxford Book of Christian Verse, The. Donald Davie, ed. (1981) Oxford University Press.
  • ''I shall endeavour to enliven Morality with Wit, and to temper Wit with Morality, that my Readers may, if possible, both Ways find their Account in the Speculation of the Day.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 10 (1711).
  • ''When an old Woman begins to doat [sic], and grow chargeable to a Parish, she is generally turned into a Witch, and fills the whole Country with extravagant Fancies, imaginary Distempers, and terrifying Dreams. In the mean time, the poor Wretch that is the innocent Occasion of so many Evils begins to be frighted at her self, and sometimes confesses secret Commerces and Familiarities that her Imagination forms in a delirious old Age.''
    Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 117 (1711).

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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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A Letter From Italy

Salve magna parens frugum Saturnia tellus,
Magna virûm! tibi res antiquæ laudis et artis
Aggredior, sanctos ausus recludere fontes.
Virg. Geor. 2.

While you, my Lord, the rural shades admire,
And from Britannia's public posts retire,
Nor longer, her ungrateful sons to please,
For their advantage sacrifice your ease;

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