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Charles Caleb Colton
1780 - 1832

English clergyman, wine merchant, writer, author during the 1820's of popular collections of aphorisms entitled Lacon.


If a cause be good, the most violent attack of its enemies will not injure it so much as an injudicious defense of it by its friends.

1825 - from Lacon
Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.

1825 - from Lacon
We are more inclined to hate one another for points on which we differ, than to love one another for points on which we agree.

1825 - from Lacon
The good opinion of our fellow men is the strongest, though not the purest, motive to virtue.

1825 - from Lacon
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

1820 - from Lacon
In politics, as in religion, it so happens that we have less charity for those who believe the half of our creed than for those who deny the whole of it.

1825 - from Lacon
Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.

1820 - from Lacon