Charles Caleb Colton Quotes

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.
Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.
Friendship often ends in love but love in friendship - never.
He that thinks himself the wisest is generally the least so.
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.
The three great apostles of practical atheism, that make converts without persecuting, and retain them without preaching, are wealth, health, and power.
Love lives on hope, and dies when hope is dead It is a flame which sinks for lack of fuel.
The greatest and most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least--the privilege of making others happy.
No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
Friendship, of itself a holy tie, Is made more sacred by adversity.
When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
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.
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.
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.
It is not so difficult a task to plant new truths, as to root out old errors for there is this paradox in men, they run after that which is new, but are prejudiced in favor of that which is old.
He that dies a martyr proves that he was not a knave, but by no means that he was not a fool.
Men will wrangle for religion write for it fight for it die for it anything but--live for it.
In America every woman has her set of girl-friends some are cousins, the rest are gained at school. These form a permanent committee who sit on each other's affairs, who 'come out' together, marry and divorce together, and who end as those groups of bustling, heartless well-informed club-women who govern society. Against them the Couple of Ehepaar is helpless and Man in their eyes but a biological interlude.
True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
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.
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.
The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility.
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.
We hate some persons because we do not know them and we will not know them because we hate them.
If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village If you would know, and not be known, live in a city.
Deliberate with caution, but act with decision and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.
Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
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.
Riches may enable us to confer favours, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires a something that riches cannot give.
Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.
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