Joseph Addison

English author
1 May 1672 — 17 June 1719

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Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.

Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.

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

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.

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