Addison, Joseph

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Comment by Dirk Basson on October 30th, 2013 at 3:21 am

According to, the quote “The great essentials for happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.” is misattributed, and is actually due to George Washington Burnap.

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on October 30th, 2013 at 10:50 am

Thank you, Dirk, for your comment. It does appear that the quote has been wrongly attributed to Joseph Addison, having been written by George Washington Burnap in ”The Sphere and Duties of Woman: A Course of Lectures”. The article is being corrected. Thank you again for pointing out that mistake.

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