Quotes by 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

Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it, anything but live for it.
– Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

Suicide sometimes proceeds from cowardice, but not always; for cowardice sometimes prevents it; since as many live because they are afraid to die, as die because they are afraid to live.
– 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

Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.
– Charles Caleb Colton

The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.
– 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

Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength.

– Charles Caleb Colton

Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.
— Charles Caleb Colton

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

– 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

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

He that knows himself knows others.
– Charles Caleb Colton

Fame is an undertaker that pays but little attention to the living, but bedizens the dead, furnishes out their funerals, and follows them to the grave.
– 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

It is better to meet danger than to wait for it.
– Charles Caleb Colton

Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness, when bequeathed by those who. when alive, would not have contributed.
– Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.
– Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

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

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

To know a people, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail, our pride supports; when we succeed; it betrays us.
— 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

Some read to think, these are rare; some to write, these are common; and some read to talk, and these form the great majority.
– 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

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