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Joseph Addison

1672-1719. English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

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Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

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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.

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

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Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them.

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Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.

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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.

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The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.

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That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?

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There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's head-dress.

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

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