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CHARLES CALEB COLTON
English sportsman and writer
(1780 - 1832)
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Johnson told Garrick that he and his profession were mutually indebted to each other. "Your profession," said the doctor, "has made you rich; and you have made your profession respectable."
      - [Acting]

Kings and their subjects, masters and slaves find a common level in two places--at the foot of the cross and in the grave.
      - [Brotherhood]

Knavery is supple, and can bend, but honesty is firm and upright and yields not.
      - [Knavery]

Ladies of fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.
      - [Fashion]

Law and equity are two things which God hath joined, but which man hath put asunder.
      - [Law]

Let those who would affect singularity with success first determine to be very virtuous, and they will be sure to be very singular.
      - [Singularity]

Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.
      - [Liberty]

Light, whether it be material or moral, is the best reformer.
      - [Light]

Like the rainbow, peace rests upon the earth, but its arch is lost in heaven. Heaven bathes it in hues of light--it springs up amid tears and clouds--it is a reflection of the eternal sun--it is an assurance of calm--it is the sign of a great covenant between God and man--it is an emanation from the distant orb of immortal light.
      - [Peace]

Literature has her quacks no less than medicine, and they are divided into two classes; those who have erudition without genius, and those who have volubility without depth; we shall get second-hand sense from the one, and original nonsense from the other.
      - [Literature]

Living authors, therefore, are usually, bad companions. If they have not gained character, they seek to do so by methods often ridiculous, always disgusting; and if they have established a character, they are silent for fear of losing by their tongue what they have acquired by their pen--for many authors converse much more foolishly than Goldsmith, who have never written half so well.
      - [Authorship]

Logic and metaphysics make use of more tools than all the rest of the sciences put together, and do the least work.
      - [Logic]

Lord Bacon has compared those who move in higher spheres to those heavenly bodies in the firmament, which have much admiration, but little rest. And it is not necessary to invest a wise man with power to convince him that it is a garment bedizened with gold, which dazzles the beholder by its splendor, but oppresses the wearer by its weight.
      - [Position]

Lord Bacon has compared those who move in higher spheres to those heavenly bodies in the firmament, which have much admiration, but little rest; and it is not necessary to invest a wise man with power, to convince him that it is a garment bedizened with gold, which dazzles the beholder by its splendor, but oppresses the wearer by its weight.
      - [Station]

Love is an alchemist that can transmute poison into food--and a spaniel, that prefers even punishment from one hand to caresses from another. But it is in love as in war, we are often more indebted for our success to the weakness of the defence than to the energy of the attack; for mere idleness has ruined more women than passion; vanity more than idleness, and credulity more than either.
      - [Love]

Love may exist without jealousy, although this is rare: but jealousy may exist without love, and this is common; for jealousy can feed on that which is bitter no less than on that which is sweet, and is sustained by pride as often as by affection.
      - [Jealousy]

Make no enemies; he is insignificant indeed that can do thee no harm.
      - [Enemies]

Make the most of the day, by determining to spend it on two sorts of acquaintances only--those by whom something may be got, and those from whom something may be learned.
      - [Acquaintances]

Malherbe, on hearing a prose work of great merit much extolled, dryly asked if it would reduce the price of bread. Neither was his appreciation of poetry much higher, when he observed that a good poet was of no more use to the church or the state than a good player at ninepins.
      - [Critics]

Man, if he compare himself with all that he can see, is at the zenith of power; but if he compare himself with all that he can conceive, he is at the nadir of weakness.
      - [Man]

Many books owe their success to the good memories of their authors and the bad memories of their readers.
      - [Books]

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a simple reason,--they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.
      - [Books]

Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner.
      - [Proverbs]

Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
      - [Eyes]

Men by associating in large masses, as in camps, and in cities, improve their talents, but impair their virtues and strengthen their minds, but weaken their morals; thus a retrocession in the one is too often the price they pay for a refinement in the other.
      - [Cities : Corruption]


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