Inspirational Joseph Addison quotes

Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. This post features some Inspirational Joseph Addison quotes.

He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.

Joseph Addison quotes
Joseph Addison quotes

Joseph Addison quotes

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

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
― Joseph Addison

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”
― Joseph Addison

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

“He who hesitates is lost.”
― Joseph Addison

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

“Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition, but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.”
Joseph Addison

“A man’s first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.”
― Joseph Addison

“There is nothing that makes its way more directly into the soul than beauty.”
― Joseph Addison

“Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.”
― Joseph Addison

“If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.”
― Joseph Addison

“There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country.”
― Joseph Addison

“Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.”
― Joseph Addison

“Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.”
― Joseph Addison

“In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.”
― Joseph Addison

“A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.”
― Joseph Addison

“Should the whole frame of nature round him break,
In ruin and confusion hurled,
He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack,
And stand secure amidst a falling world.”
― Joseph Addison

“When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations.”
― Joseph Addison

“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 quotes

“One of the most important but one of the most difficult things for a powerful mind is to be its own master.”
― Joseph Addison

“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.”
― Joseph Addison

“True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, in the enjoyment of one’s self, and, in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.”
― Joseph Addison

“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.”
― Joseph Addison

“If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.”
― Joseph Addison

“Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves.”
― Joseph Addison

“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in proper figures.”
― Joseph Addison

“Soon as the evening shades prevail, the moon takes up the wondrous tale, And nightly to the listening earth Repeats the story of her birth.”
― Joseph Addison

“Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.”
― Joseph Addison

“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 quotes

“It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others.”
― Joseph Addison

“The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.”
― 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

“Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.”
― Joseph Addison

“I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.”
― Joseph Addison

“When I look upon the tombs of the great, every emotion of envy dies in me; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tombs of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow; when I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when I consider rival wits placed side by side, or the men that divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and debates of mankind. When I read the several dates of the tombs, of some that died yesterday, and some six hundred years ago, I consider that great Day when we shall all of us be contemporaries, and make our appearance together.”
― Joseph Addison

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