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Charles Caleb Colton quotes

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

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.

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

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

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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

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.

Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.

Those that are the loudest in their threats are the weakest in their actions.

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.

Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.

Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.

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

We hate some persons because we do not know them; and will not know them because we hate them.

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

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.

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