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Charles Caleb Colton

Charles Caleb Colton , British author, clergyman, and art collector
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The three great apostles of practical atheism, that make converts without persecuting, and retain them without preaching, are wealth, health, and power.

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

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

Charles Caleb Colton

The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility.

Charles Caleb Colton

Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.

Charles Caleb Colton

Riches may enable us to confer favours, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires a something that riches cannot give.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer tasting them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.

Charles Caleb Colton

The greatist and most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least - the privilege of making others happy

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

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

If you want enemies, excel others; if you want friends, let others excel you.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

Love lives on hope, and dies when hope is dead; it is a flame which sinks for lack of fuel.

Charles Caleb Colton

Times of general calamity and confusion create great minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

Genius, in one respect, is like gold; numbers of persons are constantly writing about both, who have neither.

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

There are two modes of establishing our reputation: to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.

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

Our very best friends have a tincture of jealousy even in their friendship; and when they hear us praised by others, will ascribe it to sinister and interested motives if they can.

Charles Caleb Colton
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