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Frank Moore Colby


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Frank Moore Colby (1865–1925) was an American educator and writer, born in Washington, D. C.. He graduated from Columbia University in 1888, was acting professor of history at Amherst College in 1890-91, lecturer on history at Columbia and instructor in history and economics at Barnard College from 1891 to 1895, and professor of economics at New York University thereafter until ... more »

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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.''
    Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), U.S. editor, essayist. "On Seeing Ten Bad Plays," vol. 1, The Colby Essays (1926).
  • ''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.''
    Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), U.S. editor, essayist. "On Seeing Ten Bad Plays," vol. 1, The Colby Essays (1926).
  • ''One learns little more about a man from the feats of his literary memory than from the feats of his alimentary canal.''
    Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), U.S. editor, essayist. "Quotation and Allusion," vol. 1, The Colby Essays (1926).
  • ''Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humor?''
    Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), U.S. editor, essayist. "Satire and Teeth," vol. 1, The Colby Essays (1926).
  • ''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.''
    Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925), U.S. editor, essayist. "Simple Simon," vol. 1, The Colby Essays (1926).
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