Quotes by Charles Caleb Colton

A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition.
– Charles Caleb Colton
Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.
– Charles Caleb Colton
Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.
– Charles Caleb Colton
Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us - never cease to instruct - never cloy.
– 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
Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
– Charles Caleb Colton
Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.
– Charles Caleb Colton
Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.
– 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
Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.
– 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
Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never.
– Charles Caleb Colton
Friendship, of itself a holy tie,Is made more sacred by adversity.
– 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
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
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
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
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
I'm aiming by the time I'm fifty to stop being an adolescent.
– Charles Caleb Colton
If a horse has four legs, and I'm riding it, I think I can win.
– Charles Caleb Colton