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Joseph Addison



    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.

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    Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.

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    One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.

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    A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature.

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    To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.

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    When love once pleads admission to our hearts, / In spite of all the virtue we can boast,/ The woman that deliberates is lost.

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    The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.

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    When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations.

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    There is nothing that makes its way more directly into the soul than beauty.

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    What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.

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    As vivacity is the gift of women, gravity is that of men.

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    Animals, in their generation, are wiser than the sons of men; but their wisdom is confined to a few particulars, and lies in a very narrow compass.

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    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 the

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    'Tis not in mortals to command success, But we'll do more, Sempronius; we'll deserve it

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    There is not, in my opinion, anything more mysterious in nature than this instinct in animals, which thus rise above reason, and yet fall infinitely short of it

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    They were a people so primitive they did not know how to get money, except by working for it.

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    Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.

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