Charles Caleb Colton Quotes (61 quotations)

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1. A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition. - Charles Caleb Colton

2. 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

3. Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness. - Charles Caleb Colton

4. Doubt is the vestibule which all must pass before they can enter the temple of wisdom. When we are in doubt and puzzle out the truth by our own exertions, we have gained something that will stay by us and will serve us again. But if to avoid the trouble of the search we avail ourselves of the superior information of a friend, such knowledge will not remain with us; we have not bought, but borrowed it. - Charles Caleb Colton

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

6. Falsehood is never so successful as when she baits her hook with truth, and no opinions so fatally mislead us, as those that are not wholly wrong; as no watches so effectually deceive the wearer as those that are sometimes right. - Charles Caleb Colton

7. Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never. - Charles Caleb Colton

8. Friendship, of itself a holy tie,Is made more sacred by adversity. - Charles Caleb Colton

9. He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further, and try to plant a virtue in its place. - Charles Caleb Colton

10. He that thinks himself the wisest is generally the least so. - Charles Caleb Colton

11. 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

12. How small a portion of our life it is that we really enjoy! In youth we are looking forward to things that are to come; in old age we are looking backward to things that are gone past; in manhood, although we appear indeed to be more occupied in things that are present, yet even that is too often absorbed in vague determinations to be vastly happy on some future day when we have time. - Charles Caleb Colton

13. If a horse has four legs, and I'm riding it, I think I can win. - Charles Caleb Colton

14. 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

15. I'm aiming by the time I'm fifty to stop being an adolescent. - Charles Caleb Colton

16. Imitation is the sincerest of flattery. - Charles Caleb Colton

17. 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

18. It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth. - Charles Caleb Colton

19. It is with disease of the mind, as with those of the body; we are half dead before we understand our disorder, and half cured when we do. - Charles Caleb Colton

20. Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride. - Charles Caleb Colton

21. Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed. - Charles Caleb Colton

22. Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominates it is passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual. - Charles Caleb Colton

23. 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

24. Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by others. - Charles Caleb Colton

25. Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner. - Charles Caleb Colton

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