Joseph Addison Quotes

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Spectator (London, March 21, 1711), no. 18. On the effect of Italian opera on the English stage.
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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.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Spectator (London, May 17, 1712), no. 381, The Spectator, ed. D.F. Bond (1965).
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There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Spectator (London, May 24, 1711), no. 73, The Spectator, ed. D.F. Bond (1965).
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What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to an human soul.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Spectator (London, Nov. 6, 1711), no. 215, The Spectator, ed. D.F. Bond (1965).
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Husband a lie, and trump it up in some extraordinary emergency.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Spectator (London, Oct. 11, 1712), no. 507, The Spectator, ed. D.F. Bond (1965).
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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.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Spectator (London, Sept. 26, 1712), no. 494, The Spectator, ed. D.F. Bond (1965).
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Our disputants put me in mind of the scuttlefish that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens the water about him till he becomes invisible.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Spectator (London, Sept. 5, 1712), no. 476, The Spectator, ed. D.F. Bond (1965).
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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.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Spectator, no. 256 (London, December 24, 1711).
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Young men soon give, and soon forget, affronts; Old age is slow in both.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Syphax, in Cato, act 2, sc. 5 (1713), Works of Addison, ed. R. Hurd (1883).
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Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. repr. In Works of Addison, ed. R. Hurd (1883). The Campaign, l. 292 (1705).
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