John Churton Collins
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"John Churton Collins", British people/British literary critic, was born at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, England.

From King Edward's School, Birmingham/King Edward's School, Birmingham, he went to Balliol College, Oxford/Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1872, and at once devoted himself to a literary career, as journalist, essayist and lecturer. His first book was a study of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1874), and later he edited various classical English writers, and published volumes on Henry St John, Viscount Bolingbroke/Bolingbroke and Voltaire in England (1886), The Study of English Literature: a plea for its recognition and organization at the Universities (1891), a study of Dean Swift (1893), Essays and Studies (1895), Ephemera Critica (1901), Essays in Poetry and Criticism (1905), and Jean-Jacques Rousseau/Rousseau and Voltaire (1908), his original essays being sharply controversial in tone, but full of knowledge.

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In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.

Truth is the object of philosophy, but not always of philosophers.

Never claim as a right what you can ask as a favor.

A wise man thinks what is easy is difficult.

To ask for advice is in nine cases out of ten to ask for flattery.

If we knew each other's secrets, what comforts we should find.

A fool often fails because he thinks what is difficult is easy.

Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.

Too nicely, Jonson knew the critic's part; nature in him was almost lost in Art.