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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.
"Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours."
"A small hole not mended in time will become a big hole much more difficult to mend."
"Good riding at two anchors, men have told, for if the one fails, the other may hold."
"Have a mouth as sharp as a dagger but a heart as soft as tofu."
"If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together."
"Don't ignore the small things. The kite flies because of its tail."