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The transition from cause to effect, from event to event, is often carried on by secret steps, which our foresight cannot divine, and our sagacity is unable to trace.

Politicians and public administrators have been aware of unintended consequences for a long time.

Joseph Addison, 1672-1719, English Secretary of State (Whig), Economy and Benevolence, 1794

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Joseph Addison
Joseph Addison
  • Born: May 1, 1672
  • Died: June 17, 1719
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Writer Politician

Joseph Addison was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician. He was the eldest son of The Reverend Lancelot Addison. His name is usually remembered alongside that of his long-standing friend, Richard Steele, with whom he founded The Spectator magazine.

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