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Charles Caleb Colton quotes

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

We ask advice, but we mean approbation.

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

Of present fame think little, and of future less; the praises that we receive after we are buried, like the flowers that are strewed over our grave, may be gratifying to the living, but they are nothing to the dead.

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.

The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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.