Quotes by Frank Moore Colby

Frank Moore Colby

Frank Moore Colby

American Editor, Essayist

Alive from: 1865-1925

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    By rights, satire is a lonely and introspective occupation, for nobody can describe a fool to the life without much patient self-inspection.
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    Averageness is a quality we must put up with. Men march toward civilization in column formation, and by the time the van has learned to admire the masters the rear is drawing reluctantly away from the totem pole.
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    Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them.
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    Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible.
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    I have found some of the best reasons I ever had for remaining at the bottom simply by looking at the men at the top.
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    I know of no more disagreeable situation than to be left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at.
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    If a large city can, after intense intellectual efforts, choose for its mayor a man who merely will not steal from it, we consider it a triumph of the suffrage.
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    Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours.
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    Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor?
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    Minds do not act together in public; they simply stick together; and when their private activities are resumed, they fly apart again.
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    One learns little more about a man from his feats of literary memory than from the feats of his alimentary canal.
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    Persecution was at least a sign of personal interest. Tolerance is composed of nine parts of apathy to one of brotherly love.
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    Politics is a place of humble hopes and strangely modest requirements, where all are good who are not criminal and all are wise who are not ridiculously otherwise.
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    Sin in this country has been always said to be rather calculating than impulsive.
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    Talk ought always to run obliquely, not nose to nose with no chance of mental escape.
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