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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Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.

Wealth after all is a relative thing since he that has little and wants less is richer than he that has much and wants more.

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.

The firmest of friendships have been formed in mutual adversity as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage, since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field than their own hearts in their closet.

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.

If a horse has four legs and I'm riding it I think I can win.

Silence is foolish if we are wise but wise if we are foolish.

The mistakes of the fool are known to the world but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself but not to the world.

It is always safe to learn even from our enemies, seldom safe to venture to instruct even our friends.

In religion as in politics it so happens that we have less charity for those who believe half our creed than for those who deny the whole of it.

Knowledge is two-fold and consists not only in an affirmation of what is true but in the negation of that which is false.

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces and which most men throw away.

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.

There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man really is so, but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.

Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness when bequeathed by those who even alive would part with nothing.

Commerce flourishes by circumstances precarious transitory contingent almost as the winds and waves that bring it to our shores.

Constant success shows us but one side of the world, adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.

None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them.

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