Charles Caleb Colton

#18179 Charles Caleb Colton

Discretion has been termed the better part of valour, and it is more certain, that diffidence is the better part of knowledge. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about knowledge
#18180 Charles Caleb Colton

If we can advance any propositions that are both true and new, these are indisputably our own, by right of discovery; and if we can repeat what is old more briefly and brightly than others, this also becomes our own, by right of conquest. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about true
#18181 Charles Caleb Colton

We should have a glorious conflagration, if all who cannot put fire into their works would only consent to put their works into the fire. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about work
#18182 Charles Caleb Colton

... put on the livery of the best master only to serve the worst. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about live
#18183 Charles Caleb Colton

With books, as with companions, it is of more consequence to know which to avoid, than which to choose; for good books are as scarce as good companions. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about books
#18184 Charles Caleb Colton

His ears, indeed, have had a very easy time of it, but their inactivity has been dearly purchased at the expense of his tongue. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about time
#18185 Charles Caleb Colton

It is almost as difficult to make a man unlearn his errors as his knowledge. Mal-information is more hopeless than non-information; for error is always more busy than ignorance. Ignorance is a blank sheet, on which we may write; but error is a scribbled one, on which we must first erase. Ignorance is contented to stand still with her back to the truth; but error is more presumptuous, and proceeds in the same direction. Ignorance has no light, but error follows a false one. The consequence is, that error, when she retraces her footsteps, has further to go, before she can arrive at the truth, than ignorance. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about truth
#18186 Charles Caleb Colton

From the preponderance of talent, we may always infer the soundness and vigour of the commonwealth; but from the preponderance of riches, its dotage and degeneration. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about wealth
#18187 Charles Caleb Colton

Many a man may thank his talent for his rank, but no man has ever been able to return the compliment by thanking his rank for his talent. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about men
#18188 Charles Caleb Colton

Instead of exhibiting talent in the hope that the world would forgive their eccentricities, they have exhibited only their eccentricities, in the hope that the world would give them credit for talent. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about hope
#18189 Charles Caleb Colton

Many ... begin to make converts from motives of charity, but continue to do so from motives of pride. … Charity is contented with exhortation and example, but pride is not to be so easily satisfied. ... Whenever we find ourselves more inclined to persecute than persuade, we may then be certain that our zeal has more of pride in it than of charity. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about pride
#18190 Charles Caleb Colton

Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it; anything but live for it. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about religion
#18191 Charles Caleb Colton

No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about man
#18192 Charles Caleb Colton

He that sympathizes in all the happiness of others, perhaps himself enjoys the safest happiness. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about happiness
#18193 Charles Caleb Colton

None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them; such persons covet secrets as a spendthrift covets money, for the purpose of circulation. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about money
#18194 Charles Caleb Colton

Pedantry prides herself on being wrong by rules; while common sense is contented to be right, without them. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about self
#18195 Charles Caleb Colton

Wit may do very well for a mistress, but [I] should prefer reason for a wife. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about reason
#18196 Charles Caleb Colton

When you have nothing to say, say nothing; a weak defense strengthens your opponent, and silence is less injurious than a bad reply. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about strength
#18197 Charles Caleb Colton

We ask advice, but we mean approbation. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about advice
#18198 Charles Caleb Colton

Imitation is the sincerest of flattery. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about sin
#18199 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 Quotes about friends
#18200 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 Quotes about man
#18201 Charles Caleb Colton

Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about mind
#18202 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 Quotes about live
#18203 Charles Caleb Colton

The debt which cancels all others. .

Charles Caleb Colton
#18204 Charles Caleb Colton

is the vice of a good constitution or of a bad memory—of a constitution so treacherously good that it never bends till it breaks; or of a memory that recollects the pleasures of getting intoxicated, but forgets the pains of getting sober. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about pain
#18205 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 Quotes about books
#107989 Charles Caleb Colton

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about sin
#107990 Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about friendship
#107991 Charles Caleb Colton

Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about snow
#107992 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 Quotes about war
#107993 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 Quotes about life
#107994 Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about mathematics
#107995 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 Quotes about love
#107996 Charles Caleb Colton

Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about mind
#107997 Charles Caleb Colton

Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us - never cease to instruct - never cloy. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about friends
#107998 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 Quotes about evolution
#107999 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. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about time
#108000 Charles Caleb Colton

Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about strength
#108001 Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about love
#108002 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 Quotes about time
#108003 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 Quotes about war
#108004 Charles Caleb Colton

Those that are the loudest in their threats are the weakest in their actions. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about action
#108005 Charles Caleb Colton

The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about truth
#108006 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 Quotes about art
#108007 Charles Caleb Colton

We often pretend to fear what we really despise, and more often despise what we really fear. .

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about fear
#108008 Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about stupidity
#108009 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 Quotes about thoughts
#108011 Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton Quotes about wisdom
#108012 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 Quotes about live

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