Charles Caleb Colton Quotes

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Charles Caleb Colton was an British cleric, writer and collector, notoriously known for his eccentricities.

Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.
Charles Caleb Colton

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

Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.
Charles Caleb Colton

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

Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.
Charles Caleb Colton

Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never.
Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

I'm aiming by the time I'm fifty to stop being an adolescent.
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

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

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

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

Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.
Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner.
Charles Caleb Colton

Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
Charles Caleb Colton

Mystery is not profoundness.
Charles Caleb Colton

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

Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.
Charles Caleb Colton

Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.
Charles Caleb Colton

Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength.
Charles Caleb Colton

Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness when bequeathed by those who, even alive, would part with nothing.
Charles Caleb Colton

Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.
Charles Caleb Colton

The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.
Charles Caleb Colton

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.
Charles Caleb Colton

The present time has one advantage over every other - it is our own.
Charles Caleb Colton

There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not to be deceived by them.
Charles Caleb Colton

There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.
Charles Caleb Colton

Those that are the loudest in their threats are the weakest in their actions.
Charles Caleb Colton

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
Charles Caleb Colton

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.
Charles Caleb Colton

Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.
Charles Caleb Colton

We ask advice, but we mean approbation.
Charles Caleb Colton

Wealth after all is a relative thing since he that has little and wants less is richer than he that has much and wants more.
Charles Caleb Colton

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
Charles Caleb Colton
 
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