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Joseph AddisonJoseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.
Addison was born in Milston, Wiltshire, but soon after his birth his father, Lancelot Addison, was appointed Dean of Lichfield and the Addison family moved into the cathedral close. He was educated at Charterhouse School, where he first met Richard Steele, and at The Queen’s College, Oxford.

1. THREE GRAND ESSENTIALS TO HAPPINESS IN THIS LIFE ARE SOMETHING TO DO, SOMETHING TO LOVE, AND SOMETHING TO HOPE FOR.

2. TRUE HAPPINESS ARISES, IN THE FIRST PLACE, FROM THE ENJOYMENT OF ONE’S SELF, AND IN THE NEXT, FROM THE FRIENDSHIP AND CONVERSATION OF A FEW SELECT COMPANIONS.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. THE MOST VIOLENT APPETITES IN ALL CREATURES ARE LUST AND HUNGER; THE FIRST IS A PERPETUAL CALL UPON THEM TO PROPAGATE THEIR KIND, THE LATTER TO PRESERVE THEMSELVES.

6. 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 WARS OF ELEMENTS, THE WRECKS OF MATTER, AND THE CRUSH OF WORLDS.

7. TO BE AN ATHEIST REQUIRES AN INDEFINITELY GREATER MEASURE OF FAITH THAN TO RECIEVE ALL THE GREAT TRUTHS WHICH ATHEISM WOULD DENY.

8. A CLOUDY DAY OR A LITTLE SUNSHINE HAVE AS GREAT AN INFLUENCE ON MANY CONSTITUTIONS AS THE MOST RECENT BLESSINGS OR MISFORTUNES.

9. SUSPICION IS NOT LESS AN ENEMY TO VIRTUE THAN TO HAPPINESS; HE THAT IS ALREADY CORRUPT IS NATURALLY SUSPICIOUS, AND HE THAT BECOMES SUSPICIOUS WILL QUICKLY BE CORRUPT.

10. IS THERE NOT SOME CHOSEN CURSE, SOME HIDDEN THUNDER IN THE STORES OF HEAVEN, RED WITH UNCOMMON WRATH, TO BLAST THE MAN WHO OWES HIS GREATNESS TO HIS COUNTRY’S RUIN!

11. MIRTH IS LIKE A FLASH OF LIGHTNING, THAT BREAKS THROUGH A GLOOM OF CLOUDS, AND GLITTERS FOR A MOMENT; CHEERFULNESS KEEPS UP A KIND OF DAYLIGHT IN THE MIND, AND FILLS IT WITH A STEADY AND PERPETUAL SERENITY.

12. MAN IS SUBJECT TO INNUMERABLE PAINS AND SORROWS BY THE VERY CONDITION OF HUMANITY, AND YET, AS IF NATURE HAD NOT SOWN EVILS ENOUGH IN LIFE, WE ARE CONTINUALLY ADDING GRIEF TO GRIEF AND AGGRAVATING THE COMMON CALAMITY BY OUR CRUEL TREATMENT OF ONE ANOTHER.

13. READING IS TO THE MIND WHAT EXERCISE IS TO THE BODY.

14. 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 THEIR PROPER FIGURES.

15. SUNDAY CLEARS AWAY THE RUST OF THE WHOLE WEEK.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. READING IS A BASIC TOOL IN THE LIVING OF A GOOD LIFE.

19. CHEERFULNESS IS THE BEST PROMOTER OF HEALTH AND IS AS FRIENDLY TO THE MIND AS TO THE BODY.

20. A CONTENTED MIND IS THE GREATEST BLESSING A MAN CAN ENJOY IN THIS WORLD.

21. WHAT SCULPTURE IS TO A BLOCK OF MARBLE, EDUCATION IS TO THE SOUL.

22. THOSE MARRIAGES GENERALLY ABOUND MOST WITH LOVE AND CONSTANCY, THAT ARE PRECEDED BY A LONG COURTSHIP.

23. THE GREATEST SWEETENER OF HUMAN LIFE IS FRIENDSHIP. TO RAISE THIS TO THE HIGHEST PITCH OF ENJOYMENT, IS A SECRET WHICH BUT FEW DISCOVER.

24. MEN MAY CHANGE THEIR CLIMATE, BUT THEY CANNOT CHANGE THEIR NATURE. A MAN THAT GOES OUT A FOOL CANNOT RIDE OR SAIL HIMSELF INTO COMMON SENSE.

25. MODESTY IS NOT ONLY AN ORNAMENT, BUT ALSO A GUARD TO VIRTUE.

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