Charles Caleb Colton

Charles Caleb Colton , British author, clergyman, and art collector
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If you want enemies, excel others; if you want friends, let others excel you.

Charles Caleb Colton

Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.

Charles Caleb Colton

Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never.

Charles Caleb Colton

The two most precious things this side of the grave are our reputation and our life. But it is to be lamented that the most contemptible whisper may deprive us of the one, and the weakest weapon of the other.

Charles Caleb Colton

Honor is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.

Charles Caleb Colton

We ought not be over anxious to encourage innovation, in case of doubtful improvement, for an old system must ever have two advantages over a new one; it is established and it is understood.

Charles Caleb Colton

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.

Charles Caleb Colton

Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.

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

The profoundly wise do not declaim against superficial knowledge in others, as much as the profoundly ignorant.

Charles Caleb Colton

There is a paradox in pride: it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so.

Charles Caleb Colton

No man is wise enough, nor good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.

Charles Caleb Colton

The three great apostles of practical atheism, that make converts without persecuting, and retain them without preaching, are wealth, health, and power.

Charles Caleb Colton

Our very best friends have a tincture of jealousy even in their friendship; and when they hear us praised by others, will ascribe it to sinister and interested motives if they can.

Charles Caleb Colton

We own almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed.

Charles Caleb Colton

Physical courage, which despises all danger, will make a man brave in one way; and moral courage, which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another.

Charles Caleb Colton

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.

Charles Caleb Colton

Love lives on hope, and dies when hope is dead; it is a flame which sinks for lack of fuel.

Charles Caleb Colton

Genius, in one respect, is like gold; numbers of persons are constantly writing about both, who have neither.

Charles Caleb Colton

The greatist and most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least - the privilege of making others happy

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it no small deduction for the life of man.

Charles Caleb Colton

Anguish of mind has driven thousands to suicide; anguish of body, none. This proves that the health of the mind is of far more consequence to our happiness, than the health of the body, although both are deserving of much more attention than either of them receive.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it. The pains of power are real; its pleasures imaginary.

Charles Caleb Colton
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