Charles Caleb Colton

Charles Caleb Colton

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.

Justice to my readers compels me to admit that I write because I have nothing to do, justice to myself induces me to add that I will cease to write the moment I have nothing to say.

If you would be known and not know vegetate in a village, if you would know and not be known live in a city.

True contentment depends not upon what we have, a tub was large enough for Diogenes but a world was too little for Alexander.

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.

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

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.

Those who visit foreign nations but associate only with their own country-men change their climate but not their customs. They see new meridians but the same men, and with heads as empty as their pockets return home with traveled bodies but untravelled minds.

Power will intoxicate the best hearts as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.

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.

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

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.

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.

He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further and try to plant a virtue in its place.

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.

To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.

There are three modes of bearing the ills of life by indifference by philosophy and by religion.

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