Joseph Addison, Spectator, No. 215.
The dawn is overcast, the morning lowers, And heavily in clouds brings on the day, The great, the important day, big with the fate Of Cato, and of Rome.Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison, Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act I, scene 1.
A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature.Joseph Addison1711 In The Spectator, no.39.
The soul secured in her existence, smiles At the drawn dagger, and defies its point. The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the war of elements, The wreck of matter, and the crash of worlds.Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison, Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act V, scene i.
But thou shall flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison, Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act V, scene 1.
The circumstance which gives authors an advantage above all these great masters, is this, that they can multiply their originals; or rather, can make copies of their works, to what number they please, which shall be as valuable as the originals themselves.Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison, The Spectator. No. 166.
Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.Joseph Addison1711 In The Spectator, no.18.
Hunting is not a proper employment for a thinking man.Joseph AddisonQuoted in Colin Jarman The Guinness Dictionary of Sports Quotations (1990).
Let echo, too, perform her part, Prolonging every note with art; And in a low expiring strain, Play all the concert o'er again.Joseph AddisonOde for St. Cecilia's Day (1699), st. 4.
I shall endeavor to enliven morality with wit, and to temper wit with morality.Joseph AddisonNo. 10 (11 March 1711).
When I consider the Question, Whether there are such Persons in the World as those we call Witches? my Mind is divided between the two opposite Opinions; or rather (to speak my Thoughts freely) I believe in general that there is, and has been such a thing as Witchcraft; but at the same time can give no Credit to any Particular Instance of it.Joseph AddisonNo. 117 (14 July 1711).
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 AddisonNo. 256 (24 December 1711)Often only the first half of this statement is quoted
Nothing is capable to being well set to music that is not nonsense.Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison, The Spectator, No. 18, 21st March 1711.
"When a man becomes familiar with his goddess, she quickly sinks into a woman."Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison, The Spectator (May 24, 1711).
Health and cheerfulness mutually beget each other.Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison, The Spectator, No. 387
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