“Ordinary People … are so used to be dazled [sic] with Riches, that they pay as much Deference to the Understanding of a Man of an Estate, as of a Man of Learning; and are very hardly brought to regard any Truth, how important soever it may be, that is preached to them, when they know there are several Men of five hundred a Year who do not believe it.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Wealth
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“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
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Prejudice
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“[W]e are all guilty in some Measure of the same narrow way of Thinking … when we fancy the Customs, Dresses, and Manners of other Countries are ridiculous and extravagant, if they do not resemble those of our own.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Tolerance
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“Those Marriages generally abound most with Love and Constancy, that are preceded by a long Courtship.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Marriage
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“Marriage enlarges the Scene of our Happiness and Miseries.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Marriage
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“Good Nature, and Evenness of Temper, will give you an easie Companion for Life; Vertue and good Sense, an agreeable Friend; Love and Constancy, a good Wife or Husband. Where we meet one Person with all these Accomplishments, we find an Hundred without any one of them.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Marriage
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“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.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Imagination
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“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Education
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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.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Success
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“Those who were skillful in Anatomy among the Ancients, concluded from the outward and inward Make of an Human Body, that it was the Work of a Being transcendently Wise and Powerful. As the World grew more enlightened in this Art, their Discoveries gave them fresh Opportunities of admiring the Conduct of Providence in the Formation of an Human Body.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Science
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“Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted; and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Friendship
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“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
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Friendship
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“Musick is certainly a very agreeable Entertainment, but if it would take the entire Possession of our Ears, if it would make us incapable of hearing Sense, if it would exclude Arts that have a much greater Tendency to the Refinement of human Nature; I must confess I would allow it no better Quarter than Plato has done, who banishes it out of his Common-wealth.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Music
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“I should prefer a Woman that is agreeable in my own Eye, and not deformed in that of the World, to a celebrated Beauty. If you marry one remarkably beautiful, you must have a violent Passion for her, or you have not the proper Taste of her Charms; and if you have such a Passion for her, it is odds but it will be imbittered with Fears and Jealousies.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Beauty
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“See in what peace a Christian can die.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Death
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“Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Criticism
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“A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Contentment
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“Mere bashfulness without merit is awkwardness.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Confidence
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“Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Virtue
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“Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought.”

Joseph Addison
Submitted by Quonation |Category: Time