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Joseph Addison – Deviation from the rules of art

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Joseph AddisonThere is sometimes a greater judgement shewn in deviating from the rules of art, than in adhering to them; and…there is more beauty in the works of a great genius who is ignorant of all the rules of art, than in the works of a little genius, who not only knows but scrupulously observes them.

Joseph Addison   (1672-1719)

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Joseph Addison – Admiration a short-lived passion

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Joseph AddisonAdmiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object, unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a new perpetual succession of miracles rising up to its view.

Joseph Addison   (1672-1719)

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Joseph Addison – The natural weakness of an ambitious man

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Joseph AddisonVanity is the natural weakness of an ambitious man, which exposes him to the secret scorn and derision of those he converses with, and ruins the character he is so industrious to advance by it.

Joseph Addison   (1672-1719)

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Joseph Addison – An indiscreet man is more hurtful

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Joseph AddisonAn indiscreet man is more hurtful than an ill-natured one; for as the latter will only attack his enemies, and those he wishes ill to, the other injures indifferently both his friends and foes. – Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison   (1672-1719)

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Joseph Addison – A just and reasonable modesty

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Joseph AddisonA just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every talent which a man can be possessed of. It heightens all the virtues which it accompanies; like the shades of paintings, it raises and rounds every figure, and makes the colors more beautiful, though not so glowing as they would be without it.

Joseph Addison   (1672-1719)

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Joseph Addison – A cheerful temper joined with innocence

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Joseph AddisonA cheerful temper, joined with innocence, will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful, and wit good-natured. It will lighten sickness, poverty, and affliction, convert ignorance into an amiable simplicity, and render deformity itself agreeable.

Joseph Addison   (1672-1719)

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Joseph Addison – What a true critic should dwell on

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Joseph AddisonA true critic ought to dwell rather upon excellencies than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.

Joseph Addison   (1672-1719)

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Joseph Addison – Father and daughter affection

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Joseph AddisonCertain it is that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as that of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.

Joseph Addison   (1672-1719)

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Joseph Addison – Mirth versus cheerfulness

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Joseph AddisonMirth is short and transient, cheerfulness fixed and permanent . . .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 day-light in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.

Joseph Addison   (1672-1719)

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Joseph Addison – The post of honor

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Joseph AddisonContent thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor Is a private station.

Joseph Addison   (1672-1719)
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