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CHARLES CALEB COLTON
English sportsman and writer
(1780 - 1832)
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He that can enjoy the intimacy of the great, and on no occasion disgust them by familiarity, or disgrace himself by servility, proves that he is as perfect a gentleman by nature as his companions are by rank.
      - [Associates]

He that dies a martyr proves that he was not a knave, but by no means that he was not a fool; since the most absurd doctrines are not without such evidence as martyrdom can produce. A martyr, therefore, by the mere act of suffering, can prove nothing but his own faith.
      - [Martyrs]

He that gives a portion of his time and talent to the investigation of mathematical truth will come to all other questions with a decided advantage.
      - [Mathematics]

He that has energy enough in his constitution to root out a vice should go a little further, and try to plant a virtue in its place; otherwise he will have his labor to renew. A strong soil that has produced weeds may be made to produce wheat with far less difficulty than it would cost to make it produce nothing.
      - [Reformation]

He that has energy enough in his constitution to root out a vice should go a little farther, and try to plant in a virtue in its place, otherwise he will have his labor to renew.
      - [Vice]

He that has never known adversity is but half acquainted with others, or with himself.
      - [Adversity]

He that has no resources of mind, is more to be pitied than he who is in want of necessaries for the body; and to be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others, bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.
      - [Mind]

He that is good will infallibly become better, and he that is bad will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue, and time are three things that never stand still.
      - [Character]

He that knows himself, knows others; and he that is ignorant of himself could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads.
      - [Self-knowledge]

He that openly tells, his friends all that he thinks of them, must expect that they will secretly tell his enemies much that they do not think of him.
      - [Frankness]

He that places himself neither higher nor lower than he ought to do exercises the truest humility.
      - [Humility]

He that studies books alone, will know how things ought to be; and he that studies men will know how things are.
      - [Books]

He that studies only men will get the body of knowledge without the soul; and he that studies only books, the soul without the body.
      - [Study]

He that swells in prosperity will be sure to shrink in adversity.
      - [Prosperity]

He that sympathizes in all the happiness of others perhaps himself enjoys the safest happiness, and he that is warned by all the folly of others has perhaps attained the soundest wisdom.
      - [Sympathy]

He that will believe only what he can fully comprehend, must have a very long head, or a very short creed.
      - [Belief : Creed]

He that will have no books but those that are scarce evinces about as correct a taste in literature as he would do in friendship who would have no friends but those whom all the rest of the world have sent to Coventry.
      - [Books]

He that will often put eternity and the world before him, and who will dare to look steadfastly at both of them, will find that the more often he contemplates them, the former will grow greater, and the latter less.
      - [Eternity]

He that would thoroughly accomplish himself for the government of human affairs, should have a wisdom that can look forward into things that are present, and a learning that can look back into things that are past. * * * Wisdom, however, and learning, should go hand in hand, they are so beautifully qualified for mutual assistance. But it is better to have wisdom without learning, than learning without wisdom; just as it is better to beg rich wit out being the possessor of a mine, than to be the possessor of a mine without being rich.
      - [Learning]

He who knows himself knows others.
      - [Self-examination]

Heaven may have happiness as utterly unknown to us as the gift of perfect vision would be to a man born blind. If we consider the inlets of pleasure from five senses only, we may be sure that the same Being who created us could have given us five hundred, if He had pleased.
      - [Blessings]

Heroism, self-denial, and magnanimity, in all instances where they do not spring from a principle of religion, are but splendid altars on which we sacrifice one kind of self-love to another.
      - [Heroism]

Honesty is not only the deepest policy, but the highest wisdom; since, however difficult it may be for integrity to get on, it is a thousand times more difficult for knavery to get off; and no error is more fatal than that of those who think that Virtue has no other reward because they have heard that she is her own.
      - [Honesty]

Honor is the most capricious in her rewards. She feeds us with air, and often pulls down our house, to build our monument.
      - [Honor]

Honor is unstable, and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.
      - [Honor]


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