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CHARLES CALEB COLTON
English sportsman and writer
(1780 - 1832)
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Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment.
      - [Punishment]

Few have borrowed more freely than Gray and Milton; but with a princely prodigality, they have repaid the obscure thoughts of others, with far brighter of their own--like the ocean which drinks up the muddy water of the rivers from the flood, but replenishes them with the clearest from the shower.
      - [Borrowing]

Few things are more agreeable to self-love than revenge, and yet no cause so effectually restrains us from revenge as self-love. And this paradox naturally suggests another; that the strength of the community is not unfrequently built upon the weakness of those individuals that compose it.
      - [Revenge]

Five thousand years have added no improvement to the hive of the bee, nor to the house of the beaver; but look at the habitations and the achievements of men!
      - [Instinct]

Flattery is often a traffic of mutual meanness, where although both parties intend deception, neither are deceived.
      - [Flattery]

Folly disgusts us less by her ignorance than pedantry by her learning.
      - [Pedantry]

For all the practical purposes of life, truth might as well be in a prison as in the folio of a schoolman; and those who release her from her cobwebbed shelf and teach her to live with men have the merit of liberating, if not of discovering, her.
      - [Authorship]

Forgiveness, that noblest of all self-denial, is a virtue which he alone who can practise in himself can willingly believe in another.
      - [Clemency]

Fortune, like other females, prefers a lover to a master, and submits with impatience to control; but he that wooes her with opportunity and importunity will seldom court her in vain.
      - [Fortune]

Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship--never.
      - [Love]

Gaming has been resorted to by the affluent as a refuge from ennui. It is a mental dram, and may succeed for a moment; but, like all other stimuli, it produces indirect debility.
      - [Gambling]

Gaming is the child of avarice, but the parent of prodigality.
      - [Gambling]

Genius, in one respect, is like gold--numbers of persons are constantly writing about both, who have neither.
      - [Genius]

God is as great in minuteness as He is in magnitude.
      - [God]

God is on the side of virtue; for whoever dreads punishment suffers it, and whoever deserves it, dreads it .
      - [Punishment]

God will excuse our prayers for ourselves whenever we are prevented from them by being occupied in such good works as to entitle us to the prayers of others.
      - [Benevolence]

Government In all government there must of necessity be both the law and the sword; laws without arms would give us not liberty but licentiousness, and arms without laws would produce not subjection but slavery.
      - [Government]

Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely, and conciliate those you cannot conquer.
      - [Tact]

Gross and vulgar minds will always pay a higher respect to wealth than to talent; for wealth, although it be a far less efficient source of power than talent, happens to be far more intelligible.
      - [Talent]

Habit will reconcile us to everything but change, and even to change if it recur not too quickly.
      - [Habit]

Hannibal knew better how to conquer than how to profit by the conquest; and Napoleon was more skilful in taking positions than in maintaining them. As to reverses, no general cart presume to say that he may not be defeated; but he can, and ought to say, that he will not be surprised.
      - [Conquest]

Happiness is much more equally divided than some of us imagine. One man shall possess most of the materials, but little of the thing; another may possess much of the thing, but very few of the material. In this particular view of it, happiness had been beautifully compared to the man in the desert--he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack.
      - [Happiness]

Happiness is that single and glorious thing which is the very light and sun of the whole animated universe; and where she is not it were better that nothing should be.
      - [Happiness]

He that abuses his own profession will not patiently bear with any one else who does so. And this is one of our most subtle operations of self-love. For when we abuse our own profession, we tacitly except ourselves; but when another abuses it, we are far from being certain that this is the case.
      - [Censure]

He that aspires to be the head of a party will find it more difficult to please his friends than to perplex his foes. He must often act from false reasons which are weak, because he dares not avow the true reasons which are strong.
      - [Party : Politics]


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