Joseph Addison Quotes (524 quotes)
“If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it.”
The works of ... Joseph Addison, collected by mr. Tickell (1804 edition)
“Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them.”
The Works of the Late Right Honorable Joseph Addison, Esq (1761 edition)
“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.”
The Tatler (1711 - 1714)
“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.”
No. 381 (17 May 1712). - The Spectator (1711-1714)
No. 231 (24 November 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.