Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison

Exercise ferments the humors, casts them into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature in those secret distributions, without which the body cannot subsist in its vigor, nor the soul act with cheerfulness.

Laughter, while it lasts, slackens and unbraces the mind, weakens the faculties, and causes a kind of remissness and dissolution in all the powers of the soul.

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

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.

An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.

Self discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.

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

If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling.

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

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.

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.

Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life.

He who would pass his declining years with honor and comfort, should, when young, consider that he may one day become old, and remember when he is old, that he has once been young.

The friendships of the world are oft confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasures.

From social intercourse are derived some of the highest enjoyments of life; where there is a free interchange of sentiments the mind acquires new ideas, and by frequent exercise of its powers, the understanding gains fresh vigor.

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

I think I may define taste to be that faculty of the soul which discerns the beauties of an author with pleasure, and the imperfections with dislike.

A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us; and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us from without.

Friendship improves hapiness and reduces misery, by doubting our joys and dividing our grief.

Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man.

Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.

Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.