Joseph Addison Quotes (524 quotes)
“If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.”
No. 535 (13 November 1712). - The Spectator (1711-1714)
The Works: In Six Volumes, Volume 4 (1811 edition), p. 342, "Spectator, No. 412"
No. 215 (6 November 1711). - The Spectator (1711-1714). Also in: The works of the right honourable Joseph Addison (1811 edition).
Act II, scene v. - Cato, A Tragedy (1713)
“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.”
No. 166 (10 September 1711). - The Spectator (1711-1714)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsJoseph Addison
Born: May 1, 1672
Died: June 17, 1719 (aged 47)
Bio: Joseph Addison was an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician. He was a man of letters, eldest son of Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.