Frasi di Charles Caleb Colton
Charles Caleb Colton
Data di nascita: 1780
Data di morte: 1832
Altri nomi: Charle Caleb Colton
Charles Caleb Colton , scrittore britannico.
Frasi Charles Caleb Colton
vol. I, n. 217
Origine: Spesso erroneamente citata come "L'imitazione è la forma più sincera di adulazione". Erroneamente attribuita anche a John Garland Pollard: la sua opera Connotary contiene, infatti, anche citazioni di altri autori.
„To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it;“
Vol. I; CCCCXXVII (7th Edition, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, in 1821)
Contesto: To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it; the pains of power are real, its pleasures imaginary.
„This tendency, however, to ascribe an universality of genius to great men, led Dryden to affirm, on the strength of two smart satyrical lines, that Virgil could have written a satire equal to Juvenal. But, with all due deference to Dryden, I conceive it much more manifest, that Juvenal could have written a better epic than Virgil, than that Virgil could have written a satire equal to Juvenal. Juvenal has many passages of the moral sublime far superior to any that can be found in Virgil, who, indeed, seldom attempts a higher flight than the sublime of description. Had Lucan lived, he might have rivalled them both, as he has all the vigour of the one, and time might have furnished him with the taste and elegance of the other.“
Vol. I; CCCCXII
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„Drunkenness is the vice of a good constitution or of a bad memory—of a constitution so treacherously good that it never bends till it breaks; or of a memory that recollects the pleasures of getting intoxicated, but forgets the pains of getting sober.“
Vol. II; XXXVIII
„Great minds had rather deserve contemporaneous applause, without obtaining it, than obtain, without deserving it; if it follow them, it is well, but they will not deviate to follow it. With inferior minds the reverse is observable.“
Vol. I; VI