The Works of Joseph Addison: The Spectator

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G.P. Putnam & Company, 1854


Story of Theodosius and Constantia
Introduction of French Phrases in the History of the WarSpecimen in a Letter
Durability of WritingAnecdote of an atheistical Au thor
On Goodnature as the Effect of Constitution
On Jealousy
Account of a Grinningmatch
Goodnature as a Moral Virtue
Various Dispositions of ReadersAccount of a Whist lingmatchYawning
Cruelty of Parents in the Affair of Marriage
On FableFable of Pleasure and Pain
THE SPECTATOR Continued 184 Account of a remarkable Sleeper
Zealvarious Kinds of Zealots
On Infidelity
Cruelty of ParentsLetter from a Father to his Son Duty to Parents
On the Whims of LotteryAdventurers
On Temperance
Character of the SalamandersStory of a Castilian and his Wife
On Seducers and their illicit ProgenyLetter from a natural Son
Description of a Female Panderaffected Method of PsalmsingingErratum in the Paper on Drink ing
Notions of the Heathen on Devotion
Simonidess Satire on Women
Transmigration of SoulsLetters on Simonidess Satire on Women
On habitual good Intentions
Educationcompared to Sculpture
QualityVanity of Honours and Titles
Use of MottoesLove of Latin among the Common peo pleSignature Letters
Account of Sappho
Discretion and Cunning
Letter on the Lovers Leap
Fragment of Sappho
Reflections on Modesty
History of the Lovers Leap
Account of the Trunkmaker in the Theatre
On the Ways of Providence
Various Ways of managing a Debate
Letter on the Absence of LoversRemedies proposed
On the Beauty and Loveliness of Virtue

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Page 82 - When I look upon the tombs of the great, every emotion of envy dies in me ; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tomb-stone, my heart melts with compassion ; when I see the tomb of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow...
Page 1 - I HAVE observed, that a reader seldom peruses a book with pleasure, till he knows whether the writer of it be a black or a fair man, of a mild or choleric disposition, married or a bachelor, with other particulars of the like nature, that conduce very much to the right understanding of an author.
Page 287 - ROGER'S family, because it consists of sober and staid persons; for as the knight is the best master in the world, he seldom changes his servants; and as he is beloved by all about him, his servants never care for leaving him. By this means his domestics are all in years, and grown old with their master. You would take his valet...
Page 382 - These are the mansions of good men after death, who, according to the degree and kinds of virtue in which they excelled, are distributed among these several islands, which abound with pleasures of different kinds and degrees suitable to the relishes and perfections of those who are settled in them; every island is a paradise accommodated to its respective inhabitants.
Page 204 - I never heard the old song of Percy and Douglas that I found not my heart more moved than with a trumpet; and yet it is sung by some blind crowder with no rougher voice than rude style, which being so evil apparelled in the dust and cobweb of that uncivil age, what would it work trimmed in the gorgeous eloquence of Pindar?
Page 379 - Genius smiled upon me with a look of compassion and affability that familiarized him to my imagination, and at once dispelled all the fears and apprehensions with which I approached him. He lifted me from the ground, and taking me by the hand, 'Mirza,' said he, 'I have heard thee in thy soliloquies; follow me.
Page 301 - But can we believe a thinking being, that is in a perpetual progress of improvements, and travelling on from perfection to perfection, after having just looked abroad into the works of its Creator, and made a few discoveries of his infinite goodness, wisdom, and power, must perish at her first setting out, and in the very beginning of her inquiries ?1 A man, considered in his present state, seems only sent into the world to propagate his kind.
Page 6 - Cocoa-tree, and in the theatres both of Drury-lane and the Haymarket. I have been taken for a merchant upon the Exchange for above these ten years, and sometimes pass for a Jew in the assembly of stockjobbers at Jonathan's.
Page 7 - I never espoused any party with violence, and am resolved to observe an exact neutrality between the Whigs and Tories, unless I shall be forced to declare myself by the hostilities of either side. In short, I have acted in all the parts of my life as a looker-on, which is the character I intend to preserve in this paper.
Page 7 - Thus I live in the world rather as a spectator of mankind than as one of the species...

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