Charles Caleb Colton

Charles Caleb

English Writer, Clergyman and Collector

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There is this difference between happiness and wisdom; that those that think of themselves as the happiest person, really is so; but they that think themselves the wisest, are generally the greatest fool.

There is no cruelty so inexorable and unrelenting, as that which proceeds from a bigoted and presumptuous supposition of doing service to God.

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

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

Times of great calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.

Power multiplies flatterers, and flatters multiply our delusions by hiding us from ourselves.

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

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

Man is an embodied paradox, a bundle of contradictions.

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

Attempts at reform, when they fail, strengthen despotism; as he that struggles tightens those cords he does not succeed in breaking.

Analogy, although it is not infallible, is yet the telescope of the mind by which it is marvelously assisted in the discovery of both physical and moral truth.

Avarice has ruined more men than prodigality, and the blindest thoughtlessness of expenditure has not destroyed so many fortunes as the calculating but insatiable lust of accumulation.

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.

By paying our other debts, we are equal with all mankind; but in refusing to pay a debt of revenge, we are superior.

Contemporaries appreciate the man rather than his merit; posterity will regard the merit rather than the man.

Calumniators are those who have neither good hearts nor good understandings. We ought not to think ill of any one till we have palpable proof; and even then we should not expose them to others.

Corruption is like a ball of snow: whence once set a-rolling it must increase.

Courage is generosity of the highest order, for the brave are prodigal of the most precious things. Our blood is nearer and dearer to us than our money, and our life than our estate.

Cruel men are the greatest lovers of mercy, avaricious men of generosity, and proud men of humility; that is to say, in others, not in themselves.

Deformity of heart I call the worst deformity of all; for what is form, or face, but the soul's index, or its case?

Ennui, perhaps, has made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many; suicides as despair.

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

Envy ought in strict truth to have no place whatever allowed it in the heart of man; for the goods of this present world are so vile and low that they are beneath it, and those of the future world are so vast and exalted that they are above it.

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.

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English Writer, Clergyman and Collector