Joseph Addison Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old joseph addison quotes, joseph addison sayings, and joseph addison proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


He who hesitates is lost.      

Joseph Addison

Sweet are the slumbers of a virtuous man.      

Joseph Addison

Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves.     

Joseph Addison

Nature is full of wonders; every atom is a standing miracle, and endowed with such qualities, as could not be impressed on it by a power and wisdom less than infinite.     

Joseph Addison

Gratitude is the best attitude. There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance.     

Joseph Addison

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

Joseph Addison

There is no defense against criticism except obscurity.     

Joseph Addison

Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.     

Joseph Addison

Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below.      

Joseph Addison

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.      

Joseph Addison

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.     

Joseph Addison

True benevolence, or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation.     

Joseph Addison

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.     

Joseph Addison

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.     

Joseph Addison

Hunting is not a proper employment for a thinking man.     

Joseph Addison

Let freedom never perish in your hands.     

Joseph Addison

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.     

Joseph Addison

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

Joseph Addison

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.     

Joseph Addison

Colors speak all languages.     

Joseph Addison

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

Joseph Addison

Temperance gives Nature her full play, and enables her to exert herself in all her force and vigour.     

Joseph Addison

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity.     

Joseph Addison

Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.     

Joseph Addison

Tradition is an important help to history, but its statements should be carefully scrutinized before we rely on them.     

Joseph Addison

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.     

Joseph Addison

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.     

Joseph Addison

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.     

Joseph Addison

Mere bashfulness without merit is awkward.     

Joseph Addison

Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.     

Joseph Addison