Joseph Addison Quotes (524 quotes)
“We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us.”
No. 587 (20 August 1714). - The Spectator (1711-1714)
“When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations.”
The Freeholder, no. 42.
Song for St. Cecilia's Day (1692), st. 3.
“Music religious heat inspires,
It wakes the soul, and lifts it high,
And wings it with sublime desires,
And fits it to bespeak the Deity.”
Song for St. Cecilia's Day (1692), st. 4.
“On you, my lord, with anxious fear I wait,
And from your judgment must expect my fate.”
A Poem to His Majesty (1695), l. 21.
“Let echo, too, perform her part,
Prolonging every note with art;
And in a low expiring strain,
Play all the concert o'er again.”
Ode for St. Cecilia's Day (1699), st. 4.
“A thousand trills and quivering sounds
In airy circles o'er us fly,
Till, wafted by a gentle breeze,
They faint and languish by degrees,
And at a distance die.”
Ode on St. Cecilia's Day (1699), st. 6.
“For wheresoe'er I turn my ravished eyes,
Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise,
Poetic fields encompass me around,
And still I seem to tread on classic ground.”
A Letter from Italy (1703).
“When hosts of foes with foes engage,
And round th' anointed hero rage,
The cleaving fauchion I misguide,
And turn the feather'd shaft aside.”
Second Angel, in Rosamond (c. 1707), Act III, sc. i.
“Should the whole frame of Nature round him break,
In ruin and confusion hurled,
He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack,
And stand secure amidst a falling world.”
Translation of Horace, Odes, Book III, ode iii.
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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.