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All Quotes by author - Joseph Addison
" A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes. "
" A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world. "
" Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body. "
" Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. "
" If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. "
" Is there not some chosen curse, some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country's ruin! "
" It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others. "
" I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs. "
" Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another. "
" 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. "
" Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue. "
" Music, the greatest good that mortals know and all of heaven we have hear below. "
" One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter. "
" 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 their proper figures. "
" Plenty of people wish to become devout, but no one wishes to be humble. "
" Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. "
" Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. "
" Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week. "
" The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover. "
" The most violent appetites in all creatures are lust and hunger; the first is a perpetual call upon them to propagate their kind, the latter to preserve themselves. "
" There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice. "
" Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. "
" To be an atheist requires an indefinitely greater measure of faith than to recieve all the great truths which atheism would deny. "
" True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions. "
" What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul. "
" What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. "
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