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Joseph Addison
1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719


Joseph Addison was an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.

In 1712, Addison wrote his most famous work of fiction, Cato, a Tragedy. Based on the last days of Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis, it deals with such themes as individual liberty versus government tyranny, Republicanism versus Monarchism, logic versus emotion and Cato's personal struggle to cleave to his beliefs in the face of death. It was almost certainly a literary inspiration for the American Revolution, being well known to many of the Founding Fathers.

 

27 Jan

Reading

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

Joseph Addison

"A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants."

Joseph Addison

"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."

Joseph Addison

"The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover."

Joseph Addison

02 Aug

Jealousy

"Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves."

Joseph Addison

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

Joseph Addison

04 Jun

Smiles

“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.”

Joseph Addison

"Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body."

Joseph Addison

"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."

Joseph Addison

"Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below."

Joseph Addison

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