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Joseph Addison

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Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison (May 1, 1672 – June 17, 1719) was a famous author and essayist who is known as "The Noblest Purifier of English Literature".

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  • ”There in no virtue so truly great and godlike as justice.”[1]
Simple: Justice is the only virtue that is really so good and wonderful.
  • ”Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.”[2]
Simple: After virtue it is knowledge that really makes a man better.
  • ”Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.”[3]
Simple: Man is the only living thing that can laugh.
  • ”There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch.”[4]
Simple: The thing that is needed the most in business is speed.
  • ”Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man.”[5]
Simple: A good man’s sleep is sweet.


  1. The Guardian, No. 99
  2. The Guardian, No. 111
  3. The Spectator (1711-1714), No. 494 (26 September 1712)
  4. The Drummer (1716), Act V, sc. 1
  5. Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act V, sc. iv

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