Charles Caleb Colton

Charles Caleb Colton , British author, clergyman, and art collector
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There are three modes of bearing the ills of life, by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.

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

The consequences of things are not always proportionate to the apparent magnitude of those events that have produced them. Thus the American Revolution, from which little was expected, produced much; but the French Revolution, from which much was expected, produced little.

Charles Caleb Colton

To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail our pride supports us; when we succeed, it betrays us.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.

Charles Caleb Colton

Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.

Charles Caleb Colton

Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.

Charles Caleb Colton

Times of general calamity and confusion create great minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms.

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

Nothing so completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

Charles Caleb Colton

We hate some persons because we do not know them; and will not know them because we hate them.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

That writer does the most who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time.

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

We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer tasting them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.

Charles Caleb Colton

There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.

Charles Caleb Colton

Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Friendship, of itself a holy tie,Is made more sacred by adversity.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

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

Charles Caleb Colton
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