Frank Moore Colby

American historian

Frank Moore Colby (February 10, 1865 – March 3, 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 1900. Between 1893 and 1895 he was a member of the editorial staff of Johnson's Cyclopedia in the department of history and political science, and in 1898 he became editor of the International Year Book and one of the editors of the International Cyclopedia. He was one of the editors of the first edition (1900–1903) of the New International Encyclopedia and of the second edition (1913–15).


  • Men will confess to treason, murder, arson, false teeth, or a wig. How many of them will own up to a lack of humour?
    • Frank Moore Colby, (1926) The Colby Essays, Vol. 1., "Satire and Teeth". Reported in Robert Andrews, The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations, Columbia University Press. (1993) ISBN 0231071949. p. 431.
  • To be learned in literature is such a different thing from liking it.
    • Frank Moore Colby, Imaginary Obligations, Dodd, Mead, and Company (1904) ISBN 9780848692599. p. 217.
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