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Charles Caleb Colton

1780-1832 ,  English cleric & writer
Charles Caleb ColtonEnglish cleric, writer and collector, well known for his eccentricities.
Colton's books, including collections of epigrammatic aphorisms and short essays on conduct had a phenomenal popularity in their day.
In 1820, Colton published Lacon, or Many Things in Few Words, addressed to those who think which became a best-seller.

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Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.

Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.

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

Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it; anything but live for it.

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

Instead of exhibiting talent in the hope that the world would forgive their eccentricities, they have exhibited only their eccentricities, in the hope that the world would give them credit for talent.

With books, as with companions, it is of more consequence to know which to avoid, than which to choose; for good books are as scarce as good companions.

That author, however, who has thought more than he has read, read more than he has written, and written more than he published, if he does not command success, has at least deserved it.

No man is wise enough, or good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.

Mystery is not profoundness.

To despise our own species is the price we must often pay for knowledge of it.

Our income are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and trip.

There is this paradox in pride -- it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so.

Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight forward and simple integrity in another.

Philosophy is a bully that talks loud when the danger is at a distant; but, the moment she is pressed hard by an enemy, she is nowhere to be found and leaves the brunt of the battle to be fought by her steady, humble comrade, religion.

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

He that will only believe what he can fully comprehend must either have a very long head, or a very short creed.

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.

True friendship is like sound health: the value of it is seldom know until it is lost.

Most men know what they hate; few what they love.

Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.

Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.

If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.

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

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

Of all the marvelous works of God, perhaps the one angels view with the most supreme astonishment, is a proud man.

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

Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.

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

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.

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

If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; If you would know, and not be known, live in a city.


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