Joseph Addison, Spectator, No. 215.
Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, The post of honour is a private station.Joseph AddisonCato, act 4, scene 1, lines 319-21 (1713)
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.
And, pleased th'Almighty's orders to perform, Rides in the whirl-wind, and directs the storm.Joseph Addison1705 The Campaign,1.291-2.
Wideand undetermined prospects areas pleasing tothe fancy, as the speculations of eternity or infinitude are to the understanding.Joseph Addison1712 In The Spectator, no.412, 23 Jun.
Curse on his virtues! they've undone his country. Such popular humanity is treason.Joseph Addison1713 Cato, act 4, sc.1, l.205-6.
What means this heaviness that hangs upon me? This lethargy that creeps through all my senses? Nature, oppress'd and harrass'd out with care, Sinks down to rest.Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison, Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act V, scene 1.
When hosts of foes with foes engage, And round th' anointed hero rage, The cleaving fauchion I misguide, And turn the feather'd shaft aside.Joseph AddisonSecond Angel, in Rosamond (c. 1707), Act III, sc. i.
Gifts and alms are the expressions, not the essence, of this virtue.Joseph AddisonNo. 166. (The Guardian (1713))
Death only closes a Man's Reputation, and determines it as good or bad.Joseph AddisonNo. 349 (10 April 1712)Famously seen on the brothel wall in the film Easy Rider.
A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants.Joseph AddisonNo. 574 (30 July 1714).
There are many more shining qualities in the mind of man, but there is none so useful as discretion; it is this, indeed, which gives a value to all the rest, which sets them at work in their proper times and places, and turns them to the advantage of the person who is possessed of them. Without it, learning is pedantry, and wit impertinence:;; virtue itself looks like weakness; the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in errors, and active to his own prejudice.Joseph AddisonNo. 225. (The Tatler (1711–1714))
Justice discards party, friendship, kindred, and is therefore always represented as blind.Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison, The Guardian, No. 99
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