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CHARLES CALEB COLTON
English sportsman and writer
(1780 - 1832)
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It is always easy to shut a book, but not quite so easy to get rid of a lettered coxcomb.
      - [Books]

It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies, seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends.
      - [Proverbs]

It is an easy and vulgar thing to please the mob, and not a very arduous task to astonish them; but essentially to benefit and to improve them is a work fraught with difficulty, and teeming with danger.
      - [Mob]

It is averse to talent to be consorted and trained up with inferior minds or inferior companions, however high they may rank. The foal of the racer neither finds out his speed, nor calls out his powers, if pastured out with the common herd, that are destined for the collar and the yoke.
      - [Emulation]

It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
      - [Danger]

It is curious that some learned dunces, because they can write nonsense in languages that are dead, should despise those that talk sense in language that are living. "To acquire a few tongues," says a French writer, "is the task of a few years, but to be eloquent in one, is the labor of a life."
      - [Language]

It is curious that we pay statesmen for what they say, not for what they do; and judge of them from what they do, not from what they say. Hence they have one code of maxims for profession and another for practice, and make up their consciences as the Neapolitans do their beds, with one set of furniture for show and another for use.
      - [Statesmen]

It is far more easy to acquire a fortune like a knave than to expend it like a gentleman.
      - [Wealth]

It is in the middle classes of society that all the finest feeling, and the most amiable propensities of our nature do principally nourish and abound. For the good opinion of our fellow-men is the strongest though not the purest motive to virtue. The privations of poverty render us too cold and callous, and the privileges of property too arrogant and confidential, to feel; the first places us beneath the influence of opinion--the second, above it.
      - [Society]

It is more easy to forgive the weak who have injured us than the powerful whom we have injured.
      - [Reconciliation]

It is much easier to ruin a man of principle than a man of none, for he may be ruined through his scruples. Knavery is supple and can bend; but honesty is firm and upright, and yields not.
      - [Honesty]

It is not every man that can afford to wear a shabby coat; and worldly wisdom dictates to her disciples the propriety of dressing somewhat beyond their means, but of living somewhat within them,--for every one, sees how we dress, but none see how we live, except we choose to let them. But the truly great are, by universal suffrage, exempted from these trammels, an may live or dress as they please.
      - [Appearance : Dress]

It is not known where he that invented the plough was born nor where he died; yet he has effected more for the happiness of the world than the whole race of heroes and of conquerors who have drenched it with tears and manured it with blood, and whose birth, parentage, and education have been handed down to us with a precision precisely proportionate to the mischief they have done.
      - [Agriculture]

It is not so difficult a task to plant new truths as to root out old errors; for there is this paradox in men--they run after that which is new, but are prejudiced in favor of that which is old.
      - [Popularity]

It is only when the rich are sick, that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.
      - [Wealth]

It is sufficiently humiliating to our nature to reflect that our knowledge is but as she rivulet, our ignorance as the sea. On points of the highest interest, the moment we quit the light of revelation we shall find that Platonism itself is intimately connected with Pyrrhonism, and the deepest inquiry with the darkest doubt.
      - [Faith]

It is true that friendship often ends in love, but love in friendship never.
      - [Friendship]

It is with antiquity as with ancestry, nations are proud of the one, and individuals of the other; but if they are nothing in themselves, that which is their pride ought to be their humiliation.
      - [Ancestry : Antiquity]

It is with diseases of the mind as with those of the body; we are half dead before we understand our disorders, and half cured when we do.
      - [Sickness]

It is with honesty in one particular as with wealth,--those that have the thing care less about the credit of it than those who have it not. No poor man can well afford to be thought so, and the less of honesty a finished rogue possesses the less he can afford to be supposed to want it.
      - [Honesty]

It is with nations as with individuals, those who know the least of others think the highest of themselves; for the whole family of pride and ignorance are incestuous, and mutually beget each other.
      - [Ignorance : Pride]

It may be observed of good writing, as of good blood, that it is much easier to say what it is composed of than to compose it.
      - [Critics]

It was observed of Elizabeth that she was weak herself, but chose wise counsellors; to which it was replied, that to choose wise counsellors was, in a prince, the highest wisdom.
      - [Character]

It was served of the Jesuits, that they constantly inculcated a thorough contempt of worldly things in their doctrines, but eagerly grasped at them in their lives. They were wise in their generation; for they cried down worldly things because they wanted to obtain them, and cried up spiritual things, because they wanted to dispose of them.
      - [Precepts]

Jealousy is sustained as often by pride as by affection.
      - [Jealousy]


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