Lacon 1836

Lacon 1836
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Original Edition 

Lacon or Many Things in Few Words Addressed To Those Who Think By Rev. C.C.Colton

Publisher-Printing Location: Charles Wells New York    Date: 1836 First edition in America that included both Volumes I and II   Size and Page Count: 3.75" X 5.75" Tall, 493 Pages

Condition: -Very Good- Full Leather bound decorative blind stamping with gild title on spine, corners worn, inside hindges cracked some, text block tight, some writing on title page,light foxing, light water staining on back pages.

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la·con·ic:   [luh-kon-ik]  adjective, using few words; expressing much in few words; concise: a laconic reply.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832) was an English cleric, writer and collector, well known for his eccentricities. Colton's books, including collections of epigrammatic aphorisms and short essays on conduct, though now almost forgotten, had a phenomenal popularity in their day. Toward the end of 1820, Colton published Lacon, or Many Things in Few Words, addressed to those who think., in a small cheap edition. It attracted attention and praise, however, and five additional printings were issued in 1821. Lacon, Vol. II appeared in 1822. In 1822 Colton re-published a previous work on Napoleon, with extensive additions, under the title of The Conflagration of Moscow. In Paris he printed An Ode on the Death of Lord Byron for private circulation and continued to write. At his death he left an unpublished poem of 600 lines called Modern Antiquity. In the twentieth century and to the present day Colton has been read most frequently perhaps in quotation books, including Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, where many of his aphorisms have been preserved. (


Famous Sayings From Lacon

"Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery" ( page 127)

"True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.”  (page 295)

“Suicide sometimes proceeds from cowardice, but not always; for cowardice sometimes prevents it; since as many live because they are afraid to die, as die because they are afraid to live”  (page 160) (Charles Caleb Colton commited suicide in 1832)

“Liberty will not descend to a people. A people must raise themselves to liberty. It is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.”  (Page 424)

“We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them.”  (see page 69)

“Men are born with two eyes but only one tongue in order that they should see twice as much as they say. but from their conduct...”  (see page 76)

“Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.” (Preface iv)

“There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not to be deceived by them.”  (page 66)





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