Quotes by Joseph Addison

A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes.
– Joseph Addison
A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
– Joseph Addison
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.
– Joseph Addison
A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of.
– 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 should always consider how much he has more than he wants.
– Joseph Addison
A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding clothes.
– Joseph Addison
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 Addison
An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.
– Joseph Addison
Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.
– 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
Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.
– Joseph Addison
Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts ;in a uniform manner.
– Joseph Addison
Eternity! thou pleasing, dreadful thought.
– 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 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.
– Joseph Addison
I consider an human soul without education like marble in the quarry, which shows none of its inherent beauties till the skill of the polisher fetches out the colours, makes the surface shine, and discovers every ornamental cloud, spot and vein that runs through the body of it.
– Joseph Addison
I have somewhere met with the epitaph on a charitable man which has pleased me very much. I cannot recollect the words, but here is the sense of it: ''What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me.''
– Joseph Addison
I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
– Joseph Addison
I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.
– Joseph Addison