Inspirational Quotes from Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Charles Caleb Colton

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.

Charles Caleb Colton

The consequences of things are not always proportionate to the apparent magnitude of those events that have produced them. Thus the American Revolution, from which little was expected, produced much; but the French Revolution, from which much was expected, produced little.

Charles Caleb Colton

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.

Charles Caleb Colton

If a horse has four legs, and I’m riding it, I think I can win.

Charles Caleb Colton

The firmest of friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.

Charles Caleb Colton

Physical courage, which despises all danger, will make a man brave in one way; and moral courage, which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another.

Charles Caleb Colton

Physical courage, which despises all danger, will make a man brave in one way; and moral courage, which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another.

Charles Caleb Colton

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.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

There are two way of establishing a reputation, one to be praised by honest people and the other to be accused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the first one, because it will always be accompanied by the latter.

Charles Caleb Colton

The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.

Charles Caleb Colton

We own almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.

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

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.

Charles Caleb Colton

If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will be cried up as erudition.

Charles Caleb Colton

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.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

When you have nothing to say, say nothing.

Charles Caleb Colton

There is nothing more imprudent than excessive prudence.

Charles Caleb Colton

The two most precious things this side of the grave are our reputation and our life. But it is to be lamented that the most contemptible whisper may deprive us of the one, and the weakest weapon of the other.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

War kills men, and men deplore the loss; but war also crushes bad principles and tyrants, and so saves societies.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

The present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own.

Charles Caleb Colton

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.

Charles Caleb Colton

To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.

Charles Caleb Colton

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.

Charles Caleb Colton

Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.

Charles Caleb Colton

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.

Charles Caleb Colton

The society of dead authors has this advantage over that of the living: they never flatter us to our faces, nor slander us behind our backs, nor intrude upon our privacy, nor quit their shelves until we take them down.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

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.

Charles Caleb Colton

Mystery is not profoundness.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

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

Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner.

Charles Caleb Colton

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

Charles Caleb Colton

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.

Charles Caleb Colton