Frank Moore Colby biography

Frank Moore Colby

Historian, Author

1865 – 1925


Who was Frank Moore Colby?

Frank Moore Colby was an American educator and writer.

Famous Quotes:

  • Minds do not act together in public; they simply stick together; and when their private activities are resumed, they fly apart again.
  • We do not mind our not arriving anywhere nearly so much as our not having any company on the way.
  • Sin in this country has been always said to be rather calculating than impulsive.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • That is the consolation of a little mind; you have the fun of changing it without impeding the progress of mankind.
  • By rights, satire is a lonely and introspective occupation, for nobody can describe a fool to the life without much patient self-inspection.
  • We always carry out by committee anything in which any one of us alone would be too reasonable to persist.
  • 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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Washington, D.C.
Also known as
  • Frank Colby
  • United States of America
  • Columbia University
Lived in
  • Washington, D.C.

on July 23, 2013

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