Frank Moore Colby

Frank Moore
Colby
1865
1925

American Teacher, Editor, Essayist, Humorist, Encyclopedist

Author Quotes

Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor?

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.

Nobody can describe a fool to the life, without much patient self-inspection.

One learns little more about a man from his feats of literary memory than from the feats of his alimentary canal.

Reform often seems only the dislike of the blasé for the people with animal spirits

A 'new thinker', when studied closely, is merely a man who does not know what other people have thought.

Sin in this country has been always said to be rather calculating than impulsive.

As wounded men may limp through life, so our war minds may not regain the balance of their thoughts for decades.

Talk ought always to run obliquely, not nose to nose with no chance of mental escape.

By rights, satire is a lonely and introspective occupation, for nobody can describe a fool to the life without much patient self-inspection.

That is the consolation of a little mind; you have the fun of changing it without impeding the progress of mankind.

Cast your cares on God; that anchor holds.

The flowers anew, returning seasons bring! But beauty faded has no second spring.

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.

The New York playgoer is a child of nature, and he has an honest and wholesome regard of whatever is atrocious in art.

Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible.

Tolerance is composed of nine parts of apathy to one of brotherly love.

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.

We always carry out by committee anything in which any one of us alone would be too reasonable to persist.

I know of no more disagreeable sensation than to be left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at.

We do not mind our not arriving anywhere nearly so much as our not having any company on the way.

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.

Were it not for the presence of the unwashed and the half-educated, the formless, queer and incomplete, the unreasonable and absurd, the infinite shapes of the delightful human tadpole, the horizon would not wear so wide a grin.

In public we say the race is to the strongest; in private we know that a lopsided man runs the fastest along the little side-hills of success.

Why need every honest poet be suspected of leading a quadruple life? Sometimes the second or third meaning is less interesting than the first, and the only really difficult thing about a poem is the critic's explanation of it.

Author Picture
First Name
Frank Moore
Last Name
Colby
Birth Date
1865
Death Date
1925
Bio

American Teacher, Editor, Essayist, Humorist, Encyclopedist