Joseph Addison Quotes (524 quotes)
“A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.”
Original: "A man must be excessively stupid as well as uncharitable, who believes that there is no virtue but on his own side". From: The spectator - Volume 3 (1776 edition), p. 324
“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.”
No. 412 (23 June 1712). - The Spectator (1711-1714)
“Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.”
No. 162 (5 September 1711). - The Spectator (1711-1714)
“The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.”
A Collection of Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragments (1793 edition)
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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.