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  Here is some famous poetry and familiar quotations from Joseph Addison plays and poems:-

    When love once pleads admission to our hearts,
In spite of all the virtue we can boast,
The woman that deliberates is lost.


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


      Thus I live in the world rather as a spectator of mankind than one of the species.


    On Tea:-
    The infusion of a China plant sweetened with the pith of an Indian cane.


      I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.


      Sir Roger told them, with the air of a man who would not give his judgement rashly, that much might be said on both sides.


      We have in England a particular bashfulness in everything that regards religion.


      When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway,
The post of honour is a private station.


     A beautiful eye makes silence eloquent, a kind eye makes contradiction an assent, an enraged eye makes beauty deformed.


     Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.


     A statue lies hid in a block of marble; and the art of the statuary only clears away the superfluous matter, and removes the rubbish.


     Contentment produces in some measure, all those effects which the alchemist usually ascribes to what he calls the philosopher's stone; and if it does not bring riches, it does the same thing, by banishing the desire of them.


     There are many shining qualities in the mind of man, but there is none so useful as discretion; it is this, indeed, that gives a value to all the rest, which sets them to work in their proper times and places, and turns them to the advantage of the person who is possessed of them.


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