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Joseph Addison
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"If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it."

"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. "
 
"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. "
 
"Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another."
 
"It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are the more gentle and quiet we become towards the defects of others. "
 
"If we may believe our logicians, man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter. He has a heart capable of mirth, and naturally disposed to it."
 
"The hours of a wise man are lengthened by his ideas."
 
"Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn."
 
"Knowledge is that which, next to virtue, truly raises one person above another."
 
"There is not any present moment that is unconnected with some future one. The life of every man is a continued chain of incidents, each link of which hangs upon the former."
 
"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for. "
 
"See how a Christian can die."
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