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CHARLES CALEB COLTON
English sportsman and writer
(1780 - 1832)
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The breast of a good man is a little heaven commencing on earth; where the Deity sits enthroned with unrivaled influence, every subjugated passion, "like the wind and storm, fulfilling his word."
      - [Conscience]

The celebrated Galen said employment was nature's physician. It is indeed so important to happiness that indolence is justly considered the parent of misery.
      - [Industry]

The Christian messenger cannot think too highly of his Prince, or too humbly of himself.
      - [Clergymen]

The cynic who twitted Aristippus by observing that the philosopher who could dine on herbs might despise the company of a king, was well replied to by Aristippus, when he remarked that the philosopher who could enjoy the company or a king might also despise a dinner of herbs.
      - [Repartee]

The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end.
      - [Genius]

The enthusiast has been compared to a man walking in a fog; everything immediately around him, or in contact with him, appears sufficiently clear and luminous; but beyond the little circle of which he himself is the centre, all is mist and error and confusion.
      - [Enthusiasm]

The excesses of our youth are drafts upon our old age, payable with interest about thirty years after date.
      - [Proverbs]

The farther we advance in knowledge, the more simplicity shall we discover in those primary rules that regulate all the apparently endless, complicated, and multiform operations of the Godhead.
      - [Simplicity]

The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity; as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.
      - [Friendship]

The French have a saying that whatever excellence a man may exhibit in a public station he is very apt to be ridiculous in a private one.
      - [Station]

The gambler is a moral suicide.
      - [Gambling]

The great Howard was so fully engaged in works of active benevolence, that, unlike Baxter, whose knees were calcined by prayer, he left himself but little time to pray. Thousands were praying for him.
      - [Benevolence]

The greatest and most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least--the privilege of making them happy.
      - [Riches : Wealth]

The greatest friend of truth is time; her greatest enemy is prejudice; and her constant companion is humility.
      - [Truth]

The greatest genius is never so great as when it is chastised and subdued by the highest reason.
      - [Genius]

The greatest miracle that the Almighty could perform would be to make a bad man happy, even in heaven; he must unparadise that blessed place to accomplish it. In its primary signification, all vice--that is, all excess--brings its own punishment even here.
      - [Excess]

The Grecian's maxim would indeed be a sweeping clause in literature; it would reduce many a giant to a pygmy, many a speech to a sentence, and many a folio to a primer.
      - [Brevity]

The hand that unnerved Belshazzar derived its most horrifying influence from the want of a body, and death itself is not formidable in what we do know of it, but in what we do not.
      - [Death]

The hate which we all bear with the most Christian patience is the hate of those who envy us.
      - [Envy]

The head of dullness, unlike the tail of the torpedo, loses nothing of the benumbing and lethargizing influence by reiterated discharges.
      - [Dullness]

The highest knowledge can be nothing more than the shortest and clearest road to truth; all the rest is pretension, not performance, mere verbiage and grandiloquence, from which we can learn nothing, but that it is the external sign of an internal deficiency.
      - [Knowledge]

The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves, and we injure our own cause, in the opinion of the world when we too passionately and eagerly defend it.
      - [Anger]

The martyrs to vice far exceed the martyrs to virtue, both in endurance and in number.
      - [Martyrs]

The masses procure their opinions ready made in open market.
      - [Opinion]

The mob is a monster, with the hands of Briareus, but the head of Polyphemus,--strong to execute, but blind to perceive.
      - [Mob]


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