Charles Caleb Colton

Charles Caleb Colton , British author, clergyman, and art collector
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A man who knows the world will not only make the most of everything he does know, but of many things that he does not know; and will gain more credit by his adroit mode of hiding his ignorance than the pendant by his awkward attempt to exhibit his erudition.

Charles Caleb Colton

There are two modes of establishing our reputation: to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.

Charles Caleb Colton

It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.

Charles Caleb Colton

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.

Charles Caleb Colton

Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by others.

Charles Caleb Colton

Time; that black and narrow isthmus between two eternities.

Charles Caleb Colton

The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

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

Those who visit foreign nations, but associate only with their own country-men, change their climate, but not their customs. They see new meridians, but the same men; and with heads as empty as their pockets, return home with traveled bodies, but untravelled minds.

Charles Caleb Colton

None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.

Charles Caleb Colton

Suicide sometimes proceeds from cowardice, but not always; for cowardice sometimes prevents it; since as many live because they are afraid to die, as die because they are afraid to live.

Charles Caleb Colton

True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

There are two way of establishing a reputation, one to be praised by honest people and the other to be accused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the first one, because it will always be accompanied by the latter.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.

Charles Caleb Colton

Riches may enable us to confer favours, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires a something that riches cannot give.

Charles Caleb Colton

It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies; seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends.

Charles Caleb Colton

Mystery is not profoundness.

Charles Caleb Colton

The society of dead authors has this advantage over that of the living: they never flatter us to our faces, nor slander us behind our backs, nor intrude upon our privacy, nor quit their shelves until we take them down.

Charles Caleb Colton
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