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Joseph Addison

Fecha de nacimiento: 1. Mayo 1672
Fecha de muerte: 17. Junio 1719

Joseph Addison, escritor y político inglés. Nació en Milston, Wiltshire el 1 de mayo de 1672 y murió en Holland House, Kensington el 17 de junio de 1719.

Hijo del decano de la catedral de Lichfield, ya en 1694 publicó un libro sobre la vida de poetas ingleses y una traducción de las Geórgicas de Virgilio. En 1699 comienza a prepararse para el servicio diplomático, para lo cual viaja por toda Europa. Escribió diarios de viaje, por ejemplo sobre Italia y también sobre la campiña inglesa, y algunas obras de teatro, como Catón y El tamborilero .

Con Richard Steele funda la revista The Spectator en 1711, donde publica su obra Los placeres de la imaginación, en 1712. También escribió para la publicación The Tatler. Aunque se destacó como ensayista, participó en el Parlamento Inglés como representante whig, y entre 1717 e 1718 fue Secretario de Estado.

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Frases Joseph Addison

„When I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out“

—  Joseph Addison
Context: When I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, 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: when I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when I consider rival wits placed side by side, or the holy men that divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and debates of mankind. Thoughts in Westminster Abbey (1711).

„Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.“

—  Joseph Addison
Context: Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed. No. 147.

„The Fear of Death often proves Mortal“

—  Joseph Addison
Context: The Fear of Death often proves Mortal, and sets People on Methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them. No. 25 (29 March 1711).

„Eternity! thou pleasing dreadful thought!“

—  Joseph Addison
Context: Eternity! thou pleasing dreadful thought! Through what variety of untried being, Through what new scenes and changes must we pass! Act V, scene i.

„Let echo, too, perform her part,
Prolonging every note with art“

—  Joseph Addison
Context: Let echo, too, perform her part, Prolonging every note with art; And in a low expiring strain, Play all the concert o'er again. Ode for St. Cecilia's Day (1699), st. 4.

„Discretion has large and extended views, and, like a well-formed eye, commands a whole horizon: cunning is a kind of short-sightedness, that discovers the minutest objects which are near at hand, but is not able to discern things at a distance. Discretion the more it is discovered, gives a greater authority to the person who possesses it: cunning, when it is once detected, loses its force, and makes a man incapable of bringing about even those events which he might have done had he passed only for a plain man.“

—  Joseph Addison
Context: At the same time that I think discretion the most useful talent a man can be master of, I look upon cunning to be the accomplishment of little, mean, ungenerous minds. Discretion points out the noblest ends to us, and pursues the most proper and laudable methods of attaining them: cunning has only private selfish aims, and sticks at nothing which may make them succeed. Discretion has large and extended views, and, like a well-formed eye, commands a whole horizon: cunning is a kind of short-sightedness, that discovers the minutest objects which are near at hand, but is not able to discern things at a distance. Discretion the more it is discovered, gives a greater authority to the person who possesses it: cunning, when it is once detected, loses its force, and makes a man incapable of bringing about even those events which he might have done had he passed only for a plain man. Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life: cunning is a kind of instinct, that only looks out after our immediate interest and welfare. Discretion is only found in men of strong sense and good understandings, cunning is often to be met with in brutes themselves, and in persons who are but the fewest removes from them. No. 225.

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