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Many Things in Few Words: Addressed to Those Who Think

I came across this author, Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832) while searching for a quote, and ended up finding so many good relevant ones that I threw my favorites together here and downloaded his book. Enjoy these and a free download of “Lacon, Or, Many Things in a Few Words: Addressed to Those who Think” . His most famous quote is “Imitation is the sincerest flattery.

If it helps make these relatable in the age of “social” media, replace the terms “writer” with “literate internet user”, “publishing” with “posting or sharing,” and “books,” with “posts, comments, or updates.”

“To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.”
“That writer does the most who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time”
“When you have nothing to say, say nothing.”
“Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.”
“We ask advice, but we mean approbation.”
“Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.”
“It is an easy and vulgar thing to please the mob, and no very arduous task to astonish them”
“To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.”
“Vice has more martyrs than virtue; and it often happens that men suffer more to be lost than to be saved”
“A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition.”
“We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed”
“The soundest argument will produce no more conviction in an empty head than the most superficial declamation; a feather and a guinea fall with equal velocity in a vacuum”
“Afflictions sent by providence melt the constancy of the noble minded, but confirm the obduracy of the vile, as the same furnace that liquefies the gold, hardens the clay”
“No company is preferable to bad, because we are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health”