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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He that knows himself knows others, and he that is ignorant of himself could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads.
No company is preferable to bad. We are more apt to catch the vices of others than virtues as disease is far more contagious than health.
It is always safe to learn even from our enemies, seldom safe to venture to instruct even our friends.
Knowledge is two-fold and consists not only in an affirmation of what is true but in the negation of that which is false.
Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.
Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.
Constant success shows us but one side of the world, adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.