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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We often pretend to fear what we really despise and more often despise what we really fear.

The study of mathematics like the Nile begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.

The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end.

I'm aiming by the time I'm fifty to stop being an adolescent.

Law and equity are two things which God has joined but which man has put asunder.

Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches but they mean the riches possessed by others.

Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.

If we steal thoughts from the moderns it will be cried down as plagiarism, if from the ancients it will be cried up as erudition.

Those that are the loudest in their threats are the weakest in their actions.

The greatest friend of truth is Time her greatest enemy is Prejudice and her constant companion is Humility.

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.

That writer does the most who gives his reader the most knowledge and takes from him the least time.

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