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A collection of quotes and sayings by Joseph Addison on education, poems, essays, happiness, spectator, fitness, reading, smile, love, hope, friendship and success.

42 Top Joseph Addison Quotes That Reflect Perseverance Is The Key To Success

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Famous As: Essayist & Poet

Born On: May 1, 1672

Died On: June 17, 1719

Born In: Milston, United Kingdom

Died At Age: 47

Joseph Addison was a famed English playwright, poet, politician, classic scholar, and essayist. He is renowned as the co-founder of ‘The Spectator Magazine’ and distinguished as one of the finest periodical essayist of all times. Some of his noteworthy works include, ‘Dialogue on Medals,’ ‘The Campaign,’ ‘Cato, a Tragedy,’ ‘Account of the Greatest English Poets,’ besides many others. He is also accredited with contributing to the formation of ‘Kit-Kat Club,’ the English literary congregation that had powerful political connections. Following is a list of enlightening sayings and quotes Joseph Addison which have been amassed from his books, poems, letters, thoughts, plays, essays, writings and life. Take a look at the corpus of interesting quotations and thoughts by Joseph Addison.
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.

Joseph Addison

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.

Joseph Addison

A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.

Joseph Addison

In doing what we ought we deserve no praise.

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

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.

Joseph Addison

A man’s first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.

Joseph Addison

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.

Joseph Addison

In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.

Joseph Addison

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

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.

Joseph Addison

If you wish success in life, make perseverance you bosom friend, experience your wise councellor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.

Joseph Addison

I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.

Joseph Addison

Quick sensitivity is inseperable from a ready understanding.

Joseph Addison

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind.

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

An empty desk is a sign of a cluttered desk drawer.

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

He who hesitates is lost.

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

Mirth is like a flash of lightning that breaks through a gloom of clouds and glitters for a moment.

Joseph Addison

To be exempt from the passions with which others are tormented, is the only pleasing solitude.

Joseph Addison

What an absurd thing it is to pass over all the valuable parts of a man, and fix our attention on his infirmities.

Joseph Addison

True benevolence, or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathises with the distress of every creature capable of sensation

Joseph Addison

Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station.

Joseph Addison

I am...I am constantly moving in the direction of higher evolutionary impulses, creativity, abstraction, and meaning.

Joseph Addison

We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us.

Joseph Addison

There is nothing that makes its way more directly into the soul than beauty.

Joseph Addison

Oh! think what anxious moments pass between The birth of plots, and their last fatal periods.

Joseph Addison

And, pleased th’ Almighty’s orders to perform, Rides in the whirl-wind, and directs the storm.

Joseph Addison

There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.

Joseph Addison

Reading is to the mind what exerise is to the body.

Joseph Addison