Charles Caleb Colton Quotes

Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires.

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

In religion as in politics it so happens that we have less charity for those who believe half our creed, than for those who deny the whole of it

Charles Caleb Colton

The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later

Charles Caleb Colton

The greatest genius is never so great as when it is chastised and subdued by the highest reason.

Charles Caleb Colton

Friendship, of itself a holy tie, Is made more sacred by adversity

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

Ignorance is a blank sheet, on which we may write; but error is a scribbled one, on which we must first erase

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

Revenge is a much more punctual paymaster than gratitude

Charles Caleb Colton

Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

The gambler is a moral suicide.

Charles Caleb Colton

The soundest argument will produce no more conviction in an empty head than the most superficial declamation; a feather and a guinea fall with equal velocity in a vacuum

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton
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