Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832) was an English cleric, writer and collector, well known for his eccentricities. Colton's books, including collections of epigrammatic aphorisms and short essays on conduct, though now almost forgotten, had a phenomenal popularity in their day.
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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.
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.
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.
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.
Men are born with two eyes but with one tongue in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
The present time has one advantage over every other - it is our own.
The two most precious things this side of the grave are our reputation and our life. But it is to be lamented that the most contemptible whisper may deprive us of the one and the weakest weapon of the other.
To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.