Favorite Joseph Addison Quotes

Fifteen quote by the late English playwright and journalist, founder of Spectator, and author of Cato, which lead me to one of my most jaw dropping reading experiences

  1. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
  2. What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
  3. A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
  4. Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves.
  5. The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship
  6. If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius
  7. What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.
  8. Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in proper figures.
  9. Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
  10. Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week
  11. A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.
  12. An empty desk is a sign of a cluttered desk drawer.
  13. What an absurd thing it is to pass over all the valuable parts of a man, and fix our attention on his infirmities.
  14. He who hesitates is lost.
  15. Nothing is so much admired, and so little understood, as wit

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