Joseph Addison Quotations

Joseph Addison

Admiration is a very short-lived passion, that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object.

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.

An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.

A woman seldom asks advice before she has bought her wedding cloths.

If men would consider not so much where they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.

It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age.

Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.

Men who cherish for women the highest respect are seldom popular with them.

The man who will live above his present circumstances, is in great danger of soon living beneath them; or as the Italian proverb says, "The man that lives by hope, will die by despair."

There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country.

When a man becomes familiar with his goddess, she quickly sinks into a woman.

You cannot insure success, but you can deserve it.