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To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it,
by Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never.
- Charles Caleb Colton

True friendship is like sound health;
the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

 

Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

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Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared,
for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven,
and hell a fable.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue,
in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.
- Charles Caleb Colton

In life we shall find many men that are great,
and some that are good, but very few men that are both great and good.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Constant success shows us but one side of the world;
adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
- Charles Caleb Colton

We hate some persons because we do not know them;
and will not know them because we hate them.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others
bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him
who begs his daily bread.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity,
than straightforward and simple integrity in another.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Physical courage, which despises all danger,
will make a man brave in one way; and moral courage,
which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

Power will intoxicate the best hearts,
as wine the strongest heads.
No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
- Charles Caleb Colton

There are some frauds so well conducted that it would
be stupidity not to be deceived by them.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

If you would be known, and not know,
vegetate in a village; if you would know,
and not be known, live in a city.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies;
seldom safe to venture to instruct,
even our friends.
- Charles Caleb Colton

We often pretend to fear what we really despise,
and more often despise what we really fear.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

I'm aiming by the time I'm fifty to stop being an adolescent.
- Charles Caleb Colton

We own almost all our knowledge not to those who have
agreed but to those who have differed.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

Mystery is not profoundness.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

When millions applaud you seriously ask yourself what harm you have done;
and when they disapprove you,
what good.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

True contentment depends not upon what we have;
a tub was large enough for Diogenes,
but a world was too little for Alexander.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Life isn't like a book.
Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly.
Life is a mess most of the time.
And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess.
- Charles Caleb Colton

We ask advice, but we mean approbation.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity,
and their love to feed their pride.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Those that are the loudest in their threats are the
weakest in their actions.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

There are three difficulties in authorship:
to write anything worth publishing,
to find honest men to publish it, and to find sensible men to read it.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom,
but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Patience is the support of weakness;
impatience the ruin of strength.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches,
but they mean the riches possessed by others.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.
- Charles Caleb Colton

It is better to meet danger than to wait for it.
He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane,
stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Many books require no thought from those who read them,
and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand
upon those who wrote them.
- Charles Caleb Colton

War kills men, and men deplore the loss;
but war also crushes bad principles and tyrants,
and so saves societies.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Law and equity are two things which God has joined,
but which man has put asunder.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton


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