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CHARLES CALEB COLTON
English sportsman and writer
(1780 - 1832)
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Self-denial is often the sacrifice of one sort of self-love for another.
      - [Self-denial]

Self-love, in a well-regulated breast, is as the steward of the household, superintending the expenditure, and seeing that benevolence herself should be prudential, in order to be permanent, by providing that the reservoir which feeds should also be fed.
      - [Self-love]

Sensibility would be a good portress if she had but one hand; with her right she opens the door to pleasure, but with her left to pain.
      - [Sensibility]

Shakespeare, Butler and Bacon have rendered it extremely difficult for all who come after them to be sublime, witty or profound.
      - [Shakespeare]

Shining outward qualities, although they may excite first-rate expectations, are not unusually found to be the companions of second-rate abilities.
      - [Quality]

Silence is less injurious than a weak reply.
      - [Argument]

Sincerely to aspire after virtue is to gain her, and zealously to labor after her wages is to receive them.
      - [Virtue]

Sleep, the type of death, is also, like that which it typifies, restricted to the earth. It flies from hell and is excluded from heaven.
      - [Sleep]

Slight sorrow for sin is sufficient, provided it at the same time produces amendment.
      - [Repentance]

Small miseries, like small debts, hit us in so many places and meet us at so many turns and corners, that what they want in weight they make up in number, and render it less hazardous to stand one cannon ball than a volley of bullets.
      - [Misery]

So blinded are we by our passions, that we suffer more to be damned than to be saved.
      - [Vice]

So idle are dull readers, and so industrious are dull authors, that puffed nonsense bids fair to blow unpuffed sense wholly out of the field.
      - [Authorship]

So long as lust (whether of the world or flesh) smells sweet in our nostrils, so long we are loathesome to God.
      - [Lust]

Some are cursed with the fullness of satiety; and how can they bear the ills of life when its very pleasures fatigue them?
      - [Satiety]

Some authors write nonsense in a clear style, and others sense in an obscure one; some can reason without being able to persuade, others can persuade without being able to reason; some dive so deep that they descend into darkness, and others soar so high that they give us no light; and some, in a vain attempt to be cutting and dry, give us only that which is cut and dried. We should labor, therefore, to treat with ease of things that are difficult; with familiarity, of things that are novel; and with perspicuity, of things that are profound.
      - [Style]

Some frauds succeed from the apparent candor, the open confidence, and the full blaze of ingenuousness that is thrown around them. The slightest mystery would excite suspicion and ruin all. Such stratagems may be compared to the stars; they are discoverable by darkness and hidden only by light.
      - [Candor : Deceit]

Some indeed there are, who profess to despise all flattery, but even these are, nevertheless, to be flattered; by being told that they do despise it.
      - [Flattery]

Some men are very entertaining for a first interview, but after that they are exhausted, and run out; on a second meeting we shall find them flat and monotonous; like hand-organs, we have heard all their tunes.
      - [Conversation]

Some men of a secluded and studious life have sent forth from their closet or their cloister rays of intellectual light that have agitated courts and revolutionized kingdoms; like the moon which, though far removed from the ocean, and shining upon it with a serene and sober light, is the chief cause of all those ebbings and flowings which incessantly disturb that restless world of waters.
      - [Intellect]

Some men who know that they are great are so very haughty withal and insufferable that their acquaintance discover their greatness only by the tax of humility which they are obliged to pay as the price of their friendship.
      - [Greatness]

Some persons will tell you, with an air of the miraculous, that they recovered although they were given over; whereas they might with more reason have said, they recovered because they were given over.
      - [Physicians]

Some philosophers would give a sex to revenge, and appropriate it almost exclusively to the female mind. But, like most other vices, it is of both genders; yet, because wounded vanity and slighted love are the two most powerful excitements to revenge, it has been thought, perhaps, to rage with more violence in the female heart.
      - [Revenge]

Some well-meaning Christians tremble for their salvation, because they have never gone through that valley of tears and of sorrow, which they have been taught to consider as an ordeal that must be passed through before they can arrive at regeneration. To satisfy such minds, it may be observed, that the slightest sorrow for sin is sufficient, if it produce amendment, and that the greatest is insufficient, if it do not.
      - [Repentance]

Speaking generally, no man appears great to his contemporaries, for the same reason that no man is great to his servants--both know too much of him.
      - [Greatness]

Steele has observed that there is this difference between the Church of Rome and the Church of England,--the one professes to be infallible, the other to be never in the wrong.
      - [Churches]


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