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

Friendship of itself a holy tie is made more sacred by adversity.

We ask advice but we mean approbation.

Mystery is not profoundness.

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

There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.

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

Our incomes should be like our shoes, if too small they will gall and pinch us, but if too large they will cause us to stumble and to trip.

Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes.

We own almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed.

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

When millions applaud you seriously ask yourself what harm you have done, and when they disapprove you what good.

Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.

There are two way of establishing a reputation one to be praised by honest people and the other to be accused by rogues. It is best however to secure the first one because it will always be accompanied by the latter.

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.

Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.

When you have nothing to say say nothing.

The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.

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