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CHARLES CALEB COLTON
English sportsman and writer
(1780 - 1832)
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The wise man has his follies no less than the fool; but it has been said that herein lies the difference,--the follies of the fool are known to the world, but are hidden from himself; the follies of the wise are known to himself, but hidden from the world.
      - [Fools]

The wisest man may be wiser to-day than he was yesterday, and to-morrow than he is to-day. Total freedom from change would imply total freedom from error; but this is the prerogative of Omniscience alone.
      - [Progress]

The worst thing that can be said of the most powerful is that they can take your life; but the same thing can be said of the most weak.
      - [Power]

There are both dull correctness and piquant carelessness; it is needless to say which will command the most readers and have the most influence.
      - [Authorship]

There are circumstances of peculiar difficulty and danger, where a mediocrity of talent is the most fatal quantum that a man can possibly possess. Had Charles the First and Louis the Sixteenth been more wise or more weak, more firm or more yielding, in either case they had both of them saved their heads.
      - [Mediocrity]

There are male as well as female gossips.
      - [Gossip]

There are many women who have never intrigued, and many men who have never gamed; but those who have done either but once are very extraordinary animals.
      - [Intrigue]

There are only two things in which the false professors of all religions have agreed--to persecute all other sects and to plunder their own.
      - [Persecution]

There are prating coxcombs in the world who would rather talk than listen, although Shakespeare himself were the orator, and human nature the theme!
      - [Talking]

There are some characters who appear to superficial observers to be full of contradiction, change and inconsistency, and yet they that are in the secret of what such persons are driving at, know that they are the very reverse of what they appear to be, and that they have one single object in view, to which they as pertinaciously adhere through every circumstance of change, as the hound to the hare, through all her mazes and doublings. We know that a windmill is eternally at work to accomplish one end, although it shifts with every variation of the weather-cock, and assumes ten different positions in a day.
      - [Character]

There are some men who are fortune's favorites, and who, like cats, light forever on their legs.
      - [Fortune]

There are some who affect a want of affectation, and flatter themselves that they are above flattery; they are proud of being thought extremely humble, and would go round the world to punish those who thought them capable of revenge; they are so satisfied of the suavity of their own temper that they would quarrel with their dearest benefactor only for doubting it.
      - [Inconsistency]

There are three difficulties in authorship--to write anything worth the publishing, to find honest men to publish it, and to get sensible men to read it.
      - [Authorship]

There are three kinds of power,--wealth, strength, and talent; but as old age always weakens, often destroys, the two latter, the aged are induced to cling with the greater avidity to the former.
      - [Power]

There are three kinds of praise,--that which we yield, that which we lend, and that which we pay. We yield it to the powerful from fear, we lend it to the weak from interest, and we pay it to the deserving from gratitude.
      - [Praise]

There are three modes of bearing the ills of life: by indifference, which is most common; by philosophy, which is most ostentatious; and by religion, which is the most effectual.
      - [Life : Religion]

There are too many who reverse both the principles and the practice of the Apostles; they become all things to all men, not to serve others, but themselves; and they try all things only to hold fast that which is bad.
      - [Selfishness]

There are truths which some men despise because they have not examined, and which they will not examine because they despise. There is one signal instance on record where this kind of prejudice was overcome by a miracle; but the age of miracles is past, while that of prejudice remains.
      - [Prejudice]

There are two metals, one of which is omnipotent in the cabinet, and the other in the camp--gold and iron. He that knows how to apply them both may indeed attain the highest station.
      - [Gold]

There are two things which ought to teach us to think but meanly of human glory; the very best have had their calumniators, the very worst their panegyrists.
      - [Glory]

There are two ways of establishing your reputation,--to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will be invariably accompanied by the latter.
      - [Reputation]

There can be no Christianity where there is no charity.
      - [Charity]

There is a holy love and a holy rage, and our best virtues never glow so brightly as when our passions are excited in the cause. Sloth, if it has prevented many crimes, has also smothered many virtues; and the best of us are better when roused.
      - [Passion]

There is an elasticity in the human mind, capable of bearing much, but which will not show itself until a certain weight of affliction be put upon it; its powers may be compared to those vehicles whose springs are so contrived that they get on smoothly enough when loaded, but jolt confoundedly when they have nothing to bear.
      - [Affliction]

There is but one pursuit in life which it is in the power of all to follow, and of all to attain. It is subject to no disappointments, since he that perseveres makes every difficulty an advancement and every contest a victory; and this is the pursuit of virtue.
      - [Virtue]


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