Charles Caleb Colton Sayings and Quotes

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.      

Charles Caleb Colton

Ambition is to the mind what the cap is to the falcon; it blinds us first, and then compels us to tower, by reason of our blindness. But alas, when we are at the summit of a vain ambition, we are also at the depth of real misery. We are placed where time cannot improve, but must impair us; where chance and change cannot befriend, but may betray us; in short, by attaining all we wish, and gaining all we want, we have only reached a pinnacle where we have nothing to hope, but everything to fear.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires.      

Charles Caleb Colton

We make a goddess of Fortune ... and place her in the highest heaven. But it is not fortune that is exalted and powerful, but we ourselves that are abject and weak.     

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

We hate some persons because we do not know them; and will not know them because we hate them.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.     

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

Envy, if surrounded on all sides by the brightness of another's prosperity, like the scorpion confined within a circle of fire, will sting itself to death.     

Charles Caleb Colton

For one man who sincerely pities our misfortunes, there are a thousand who sincerely hate our success.     

Charles Caleb Colton

There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Honor is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Never join with your friend when he abuses his horse or his wife, unless the one is about to be sold, and the other to be buried.     

Charles Caleb Colton

If Satan ever laughs, it must be at hypocrites; they are the greatest dupes he has; they serve him better than any others, and receive no wages.     

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

The greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.     

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

The smiling daughter of the storm.     

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

Never join with your friend when he abuses his horse or his wife, unless the one is about to be sold, the other to be buried.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Gold is worshipped in all climates, without a single temple, and by all classes, without a single hypocrite.     

Charles Caleb Colton

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.     

Charles Caleb Colton

There are two modes of establishing our reputation; to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues.     

Charles Caleb Colton

The bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret; we make up our minds every night to leave it early, but we make up our bodies every morning to keep it late.     

Charles Caleb Colton

Words are in this respect like water, that they often take their taste, flavour, and character, from the mouth out of which they proceed, as the water from the channel through which it flows.     

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

When the cruel fall into the hands of the cruel, we read their fate with horror, not with pity.     

Charles Caleb Colton