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Comprehensive information about Joseph Addison including biographical information, facts, literary works, and more. Joseph Addison (1 May 1672 – 17 June 1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright and politician. He was a man of letters, eldest son of Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine. English essayist poet writer and politician. This educational Joseph Addison resource has information about the author's life, works, quotations, articles and essays, and more.


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Quote Left Tis not in mortals to command success, But we'll do more, Sempronius; we'll deserve it Quote Right
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Quote Left To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction. Quote Right
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Quote Left There is no virtue so truly great and godlike as Justice. Most of the other virtues are the virtues of created Beings, or accommodated to our nature as we are men. Justice is that which is practised by God himself, and to be practised in its perfection by none but him. Omniscience and Omnipotence are requisite for the full exertion of it. The one, to discover every degree of uprightness or iniquity in thoughts, words and actions. The other, to measure out and impart suitable rewards and punishments. As to be perfectly just is an attribute in the divine nature, to be so to the utmost of our abilities is the glory of a man. Such an one who has the publick administration in his hands, acts like the representative of his Maker, in recompencing the virtuous, and punishing the offender. Quote Right
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Quote Left A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation. Quote Right
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Quote Left 'Tis not in mortals to command success, but we'll do more, Sempronius, we'll deserve it. Quote Right
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