CHARLES CALEB COLTON Quotes

If Satan ever laughs, it must be at hypocrites; they are the greatest dupes he has.

Charles Caleb Colton

Philosophy is a bully that talks loud when the danger is at a distant; but, the moment she is pressed hard by an enemy, she is nowhere to be found and leaves the brunt of the battle to be fought by her steady, humble comrade, religion.

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

Body and mind, like man and wife, do not always agree to die together.

Charles Caleb Colton

Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.

Charles Caleb Colton

Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes.

Charles Caleb Colton

Hurry is the mark of a weak mind, dispatch of a strong one.

Charles Caleb Colton

There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not to be deceived by them.

Charles Caleb Colton

Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.

Charles Caleb Colton

We are sure to be losers when we quarrel with ourselves; it is a civil war, and in all such contentions, triumphs are defeats.

Charles Caleb Colton

Two things, well considered, would prevent many quarrels: first, to have it well ascertained whether we are not disputing about terms, rather than things; and, secondly, to examine whether that on which we differ is worth contending about.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them.

Charles Caleb Colton

A cool blooded and crafty politician, when he would be thoroughly revenged on his enemy, makes the injuries which have been inflicted, not on himself, but on others, the pretext of his attack. He thus engages the world as a partisan in his quarrel, and dignifies his private hate, by giving it the air of disinterested resentment.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON

If it be true that men of strong imaginations are usually dogmatists--and I am inclined to think it is so--it ought to follow that men of weak imaginations are the reverse; in which case we should have some compensation for stupidity. But it unfortunately happens that no dogmatist is more obstinate or less open to conviction than a fool.

Charles Caleb Colton

Human foresight often leaves its proudest possessor only a choice of evils.

Charles Caleb Colton
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