Quotations by Charles Caleb Colton

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Born: Sunday, December 31, 1899
Profession: Writer
Nationality: English


Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Extravagance)

Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Religion, Bigotry, Fools)

Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us - never cease to instruct - never cloy.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Books, Friends, Will)

Commerce flourishes by circumstances, precarious, transitory, contingent, almost as the winds and waves that bring it to our shores.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Circumstances, Commerce)

Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Success, Adversity, World)

Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Merit, Posterity, Will)

Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Corruption, Snow)

Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Death, Time, Cure, Freedom, Medicine)

Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Charity, Earth, Heaven, Hell)

Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Wisdom, Temple, Doubt)

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Fool, Man, May)

Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Friendship, Love)

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Friendship, Adversity)

Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Dance)

He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further, and try to plant a virtue in its place.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Virtue, Energy, Vice)

He that is good, will infallibly become better, and he that is bad, will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue and time are three things that never stand still.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Time, Virtue, Vice, Will)

He that knows himself, knows others; and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Men)

He who studies books alone will know how things ought to be, and he who studies men will know how they are.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Men, Books, Will)

I'm aiming by the time I'm fifty to stop being an adolescent.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Time, Being)

If a horse has four legs, and I'm riding it, I think I can win.
- Charles Caleb Colton

If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will be cried up as erudition.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Thoughts, Plagiarism, Will)

If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Love, Will, Woman)

If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; if you would know, and not be known, live in a city.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Flattery, Imitation)

In life we shall find many men that are great, and some that are good, but very few men that are both great and good.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Life, Men)

In religion as in politics it so happens that we have less charity for those who believe half our creed, than for those who deny the whole of it.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Politics, Religion, Charity)

It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies; seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Enemies, Friends)

It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Danger, Sea, Shipwreck)

Justice to my readers compels me to admit that I write because I have nothing to do; justice to myself induces me to add that I will cease to write the moment I have nothing to say.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Justice, Nothing, Will)

Knowledge is two-fold, and consists not only in an affirmation of what is true, but in the negation of that which is false.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Knowledge, Affirmation)

Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Happiness, Love, Fashion, Ladies, Pride, Vanity)

Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: God, Law, Man)

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: People, Liberty, Will)

Life isn't like a book. Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Life, Time, Theology)

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Thought, Books, Reason)

Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by others.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Truth)

Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Marriage, Grace)

Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Men, Eyes, Order, Tongue)

Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Men, Arguments, Nothing, Wishes)

Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Wisdom, Genius, Acquaintance, Moderation)

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Men, Time, Day, May)

Mystery is not profoundness.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Mystery)

Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Books, Friends)

No company is preferable to bad. We are more apt to catch the vices of others than virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Health, Company, Disease, Vices)

None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Secrets)

Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Integrity, Nothing)

Nothing so completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Integrity, Nothing)

Of present fame think little, and of future less; the praises that we receive after we are buried, like the flowers that are strewed over our grave, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Fame, Flowers, Future, Grave, Living, May, Nothing, Present)

Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Admiration, Difficulty, Will, Writing)

Our income are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and trip.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Cause, Income)



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