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CHARLES CALEB COLTON
English sportsman and writer
(1780 - 1832)
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Nobility is a river that sets with a constant and undeviating current directly into the great Pacific Ocean of time; but, unlike all other rivers, it is more grand at its source than at its termination.
      - [Nobility]

Nobility of birth does not always ensure a corresponding nobility of mind; if it did, it would always act as a stimulus to noble actions; but it sometimes acts as a clog, rather than a spur.
      - [Nobility]

None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them; such persons covet secrets as a spendthrift covets money, for the purpose of circulation.
      - [Secrecy]

None are so seldom found alone, and are so soon tired of their own company, as those coxcombs who are on the best terms with themselves.
      - [Conceit : Coxcomb]

Nothing is more perplexing than the power, but nothing is more durable than the dynasty of doubt; for he reigns in the hearts of all his people, but gives satisfaction to none of them, and yet he is the only despot who can never die while any of his subjects live.
      - [Doubt]

Nothing is so difficult as the apparent ease of a clear and flowing style; those graces which, from their presumed facility, encourage all to attempt an imitation of them, are usually the most inimitable.
      - [Style]

Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself than straightforward and simple integrity in another. A knave would rather quarrel with a brother-knave than with a fool, but he would rather avoid a quarrel with one honest man than with both.
      - [Honesty]

Novels may teach us as wholesome a moral as the pulpit. There are "sermons in stones," in healthy books, and "good in everything."
      - [Novels]

Observation made in the cloister or in the desert will generally be as obscure as the one and as barren as the other; but he that would paint with his pencil must study originals, and not be over-fearful of a little dust.
      - [Observation]

Of all the faculties of the mind, memory is the first that flourishes and the first that dies.
      - [Memory]

Of all the marvelous works of the Deity, perhaps there is nothing that angels behold with such supreme astonishment as a proud man.
      - [Pride]

Of all the passions, jealousy is that which exacts the hardest service and pays the bitterest wages. Its service is, to watch the success of our enemy, to be sure of it.
      - [Jealousy]

Of present fame think little and of future less; the praises that we receive after we are buried, like the posies that are strewn over our grave, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead: the dead are gone either to a place where they hear them not, or where, if they, do, they will despise them.
      - [Fame]

Oratory is the huffing and blustering spoiled child of a semi-barbarous age. The press is the foe of rhetoric, but the friend of reason; and the art of declamation has been sinking in value from the moment that speakers were foolish enough to publish, and readers wise enough to read.
      - [Oratory]

Our actions must clothe us with an immortality loathsome or glorious.
      - [Action]

Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it.
      - [Integrity]

Our minds are as different as our faces; we are all traveling to one destination--happiness; but, few are going by the same road.
      - [Destiny]

Our wealth is often a snare to ourselves, and always a temptation to others.
      - [Wealth]

Pain may be said to follow pleasure as its shadow.
      - [Pain : Pleasure]

Patience is the support of weakness; impatience is the ruin of strength.
      - [Patience]

Peace is the evening star of the soul, as virtue is its sun, and the two are never far apart.
      - [Peace]

Pedantry prides herself on being wrong by rules; while common-sense is contented to be right without them. The former would rather stumble in following the dead, than walk upright by the profane assistance of the living.
      - [Pedantry]

Perhaps that is nearly the perfection of good writing which is original, but whose truth alone prevents the reader from suspecting that it is so; and which effects that for knowledge which the lens effects for the sunbeam, when it condenses its brightness in order to increase its force.
      - [Style]

Persecuting bigots may be compared to those burning lenses which Lenhenboeck and others composed from ice; by their chilling apathy they freeze the suppliant; by their fiery zeal they burn the sufferer.
      - [Bigotry]

Philosophers have widely differed as to the seat of the soul, and St. Paul has told us that out of the heart proceed murmurings; but there can be no doubt that the seat of perfect contentment is in the head, for every individual is thoroughly satisfied with his own proportion of brains.
      - [Soul]


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