Joseph Addison

Eine perfekte Tragödie ist die nobelste Produktion der menschlichen Natur.


Lesen ist für den Geist, was Gymnastik für den Körper ist.


Niemand ist so unglücklich wie ein Idol, das sich selbst überlebt hat.


Unentschlossenheit gegenüber den Lebenszielen, die sich uns zur Wahl stellen, und die Unbeständigkeit bei ihrer Verfolgung sind die Hauptursachen unseres ganzen Unglücks.


Was der Sonnenschein für die Blumen, ist das lachende Gesicht für die Menschen.


Bewunderung ist eine sehr kurzlebige Leidenschaft, die sofort verfällt, sobald man mit ihrem Gegenstand näher bekannt wird.


Männer, die den Frauen den höchsten Respekt entgegenbringen, kommen ihnen kaum sehr nahe.


Die Frau, die nachdenkt, ist verloren.


Der schlimmste Fehler der Menschen ist ihr Mangel an Einfühlungsvermögen. Darum vermag sich auch so selten einer den richtigen Begriff von seines Nächsten Leiden zu machen.


Die wesentlichen Dinge, um in diesem Leben Glück zu erlangen, sind: etwas zu vollbringen, etwas lieben und auf etwas zu hoffen.


Nichts empfangen wir mit so viel Widerwillen wie Ratschläge.


Gesundheit und Fröhlichkeit erzeugen sich gegenseitig.


'Tis not in mortals to command success, but we'll do more, Sempronius, we'll deserve it.


'Tis pride, rank pride, and haughtiness of soul; I think the Romans call it stoicism.


'Twas then great Marlbro's mighty soul was proved.


'We are always doing', says he, 'something for Posterity, but I would fain see Posterity do something for us.'


A cloudy day, or a little sunshine, have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most real blessings or misfortunes.


A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty is worth a whole eternity in bondage.


A just and reasonable modesty does not only recommend eloquence, but sets off every great talent which a man can be possessed of; it heightens all the virtues which it accompanies; like the shades in paintings, it raises and rounds every figure and makes the colors more beautiful, though not so glaring as they would be without.


A man should always consider how much he has more than he wants and how much more unhappy he might be than he really is.


A man who is furnished with arguments from the mint will convince his antagonist much sooner than one who draws them from reason and philosophy.


A painted meadow, or a purling stream.


A person may be qualified to do greater good to mankind and become more beneficial to the world, by morality without faith than by faith without morality.


A reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure until he knows whether the writer of it be a black man or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor.


A soul exasperated by its ills falls out with everything, with its friends and also with itself.


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


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


An animal that delights in finery.


An honest private man often grows cruel and abandoned when converted into an absolute prince. Give a man power of doing what he pleases with impunity, you extinguish his fear, and consequently overturn in him one of the great pillars of morality.


An idle man is a kind of monster in the creation. All nature is busy about him; every animal he sees reproaches him.


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


And those who paint 'em truest praise 'em most.


And, pleased th' Almighty's orders to perform, Rides in the whirl-wind, and directs the storm.


As Sir Roger is landlord to the whole congregation, he keeps them in very good order, and will suffer nobody to sleep in it [the church] besides himself; for if by chance he has been surprised into a short nap at sermon, upon recovering out of it, he stands up, and looks about him; and if he sees anybody else nodding, either wakes them himself, or sends his servant to them.


Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, The post of honour is a private station.


Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty acts in a uniform manner.


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