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Charles Caleb Colton Quotes

Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.

Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.

Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us - never cease to instruct - never cloy.

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.

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

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

Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console.

Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.

Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.

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.

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

Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.

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

He that is good, will infallibly become better, and he that is bad, will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue and time are three things that never stand still.

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.

He who studies books alone will know how things ought to be, and he who studies men will know how they are.

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

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