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Joseph Addison
(1672-1719) born on
May 01
English poet, essayist, playwright. He was a regular contributor to "The Tatler" (1709-11).
         
   
F
Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses. It fills the mind with the largest variety of ideas, converses with its objects at the greatest distance, and continues the longest in action without being tired or satiated . . .

R
If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it.
A
The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.
N
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.
K
Our disputants put me in mind of the scuttlefish that, when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens the water about him till he becomes invisible.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Spectator," no. 411.
R: Spectator, no. 494 (London, 26 Sept. 1712).
A: "Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragments," "Happiness Not Independent," 1794.
N: In <a href="http://www.cyber-nation.com/cgi-bin/victory/quotations/qlreferral/quotelib.pl?id=10115">The Ultimate Success Quotations Library</a>, 1997.
K: "Spectator," no. 476 (London), 5 Sep 1712.
   


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