Joseph Addison (1672-1719)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.
English essayist, poet, playwright, politician
Cheerfulness is...the best promoter of health.
Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.
Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.
Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.
True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it 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.
Were I to prescribe a rule for drinking, it should be formed upon a saying quoted by Sir William Temple: the first glass for myself, the second for my friends, the third for good humor, and the fourth for mine enemies.
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