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Charles Caleb Colton quotes

Life isn't like a book. Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess.

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.

Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never.

Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.

Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.

Men's arguments often prove nothing but their wishes.

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

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

Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.

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.

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

If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.

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

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

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.

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.

I'm aiming by the time I'm fifty to stop being an adolescent.

There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.

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

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.