Frasi di Charles Caleb Colton
Charles Caleb Colton
Data di nascita: 1777
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.
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„Those illustrious men, who, like torches, have consumed themselves, in order to enlighten others, have often lived unrewarded, and died unlamented. But the tongues of aftertimes have done them justice in one sense, but injustice in another. They have honoured them with their praise, but they have disgraced them with their pity. They pity them forsooth, because they missed of present praise, and temporal emolument; things great indeed to the little, but little to the great.“
Vol. I; DLXXV
„It is almost as difficult to make a man unlearn his errors as his knowledge. Mal-information is more hopeless than non-information; for error is always more busy than ignorance. Ignorance is a blank sheet, on which we may write; but error is a scribbled one, on which we must first erase. Ignorance is contented to stand still with her back to the truth; but error is more presumptuous, and proceeds in the same direction. Ignorance has no light, but error follows a false one. The consequence is, that error, when she retraces her footsteps, has further to go, before she can arrive at the truth, than ignorance.“
Vol. I; I
„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
Vol. I; XXV
Variante: Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it; anything but live for it.
„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
„If we can advance any propositions that are both true and new, these are indisputably our own, by right of discovery; and if we can repeat what is old more briefly and brightly than others, this also becomes our own, by right of conquest.“