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CHARLES CALEB COLTON
English sportsman and writer
(1780 - 1832)
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Men of great and shining qualities do not always succeed in life, but the fault lies more often in themselves than in others.
      - [Talent]

Men pursue riches under the idea that their possession will set them at ease, and above the world. But the law of association often makes those who begin by loving gold as a servant finish by becoming themselves its slaves; and independence without wealth is at least as common as wealth without independence.
      - [Wealth]

Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period or other, when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other, it is our own.
      - [Anticipation]

Mental pleasures never cloy; unlike those of the body, they are increased by repetition, approved of by reflection, and strengthened by enjoyment.
      - [Pleasure]

Metaphysicians have been learning their lessons for the last four thousand years, and it is high time that they should now begin to teach us something. Can any of the tribe inform us why all the operations of the mind are carried on with undiminished strength and activity in dreams, except the judgment, which alone is suspended and dormant?
      - [Dreams]

Milton neither aspired to present fame, nor even expected it; but (to use his own words) his high ambition was "to leave something so written to after ages, that they should not willingly let it die." And Cato finely observed, he would much rather that posterity should inquire why no statues were erected to him, than why they were.
      - [Fame]

Miss Edgeworth and Mme. de Stael have proved that there is no sex in style; and Mme. la Roche Jacqueline, and the Duchesse d'Angouleme have proved that there is no sex in courage.
      - [Style]

Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
      - [Moderation]

Modern criticism discloses that which it would fain conceal, but conceals that which it professes to disclose; it is therefore read by the discerning, not to discover the merits of an author, but the motives of his critic.
      - [Criticism]

Most plagiarists, like the drone, have neither taste to select, industry to acquire, nor skill to improve, but impudently pilfer the honey ready prepared, from the hive.
      - [Plagiarism]

Most women will forgive an insult rather than a slight.
      - [Women]

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small deduction for the life of man.
      - [Idleness : Time]

Mystery magnifies danger, as the fog does the sun.
      - [Proverbs]

Natural good is' so intimately connected with moral good, and natural evil with moral evil, that I am as certain as if I heard a voice from heaven proclaim it, that God is on the side of virtue. He has learnt much, and has not lived in vain, who has practically discovered that most strict and necessary connection, that does and will ever exist between vice and misery, and virtue and happiness.
      - [Goodness]

Neither can we admit that definition of genius that some would propose--"a power to accomplish all that we undertake;" for we might multiply examples to prove that this definition of genius contains more than the thing defined. Cicero failed in poetry, Pope in painting, Addison in oratory; yet it would be harsh to deny genius to these men.
      - [Genius]

Neutrality is no favorite with Providence, for we are so formed that it is scarcely possible for us to stand neuter in our hearts, although we may deem it prudent to appear so in our actions.
      - [Neutrality]

Never join with your friend when he abuses his horse or his wife, unless the one is about to be sold, and the other to be buried.
      - [Discretion]

Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
      - [Books]

No company is far preferable to bad, because we are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
      - [Associates : Company]

No improvement that takes place in either sex can possibly be confined to itself. Each is a universal mirror to each, and the respective refinement of the one will always be in reciprocal proportion to the polish of the other.
      - [Refinement]

No man can promise himself even fifty years of life, but any man may, if he please, live in the proportion of fifty years in forty--let him rise early, that he may have the day before him, and let him make the most of the day, by determining to expend it on two sorts of acquaintance only--those by whom something may be got, and those from whom something maybe learnt.
      - [Early Rising]

No men deserve the title of infidels so little as those to whom it has been usually applied; let any of those who renounce Christianity, write fairly down in a book all the absurdities that they believe instead of it, and they will find that it requires more faith to reject Christianity than to embrace it.
      - [Infidelity]

No metaphysician ever felt the deficiency of language so much as the grateful.
      - [Gratitude]

No propagation or multiplication is more rapid that that of evil, unless it be checked; no growth more certain.
      - [Evil]

No two things differ more than hurry and despatch. Hurry is the mark of a weak mind; despatch of a strong one.
      - [Action]


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