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

— Charles Caleb Colton

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


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


The art of declamation has been sinking in value from the moment that speakers were foolish enough to publish, and hearers wise enough to read.


A harmless hilarity and a buoyant cheerfulness are not infrequent concomitants of genius; and we are never more deceived than when we mistake gravity for greatness, solemnity for science, and pomposity for erudition.


Genius, when employed in works whose tendency it is to demoralize and to degrade us, should be contemplated with abhorrence rather than with admiration; such a monument of its power, may indeed be stamped with immortality, but like the Coliseum at Rome, we deplore its magnificence because we detest the purposes for which it was designed.


None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them;

such persons covet secrets as a spendthrift covets money, for the purpose of circulation.


Let those who would affect singularity with success first determine to be very virtuous, and they will be sure to be very singular.


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


Atheism is a system which can communicate neither warmth nor illumination, except from those fagots which your mistaken zeal has lighted up for its destruction.


If our eloquence be directed above the heads of our hearers, we shall do no execution. By pointing our arguments low, we stand a chance of hitting their hearts as well as their heads. In addressing angels, we could hardly raise our eloquence too high; but we must remember that men are not angels.


No man is wise enough, or good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.


Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.


About Charles Caleb Colton

Quotes 759 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Writer
Birthday 1780

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


The intoxication of anger, like that of the grape, shows us to others, but hides us from ourselves.


Honor is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.


In the pursuit of knowledge, follow it wherever it is to be found;

like fern, it is the produce of all climates, and like coin, its circulation is not restricted to any particular class.


None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them.


Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.


Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads.

No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.


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.


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.


Subtlety will sometimes give safety, no less than strength;

and minuteness has sometimes escaped, where magnitude would have been crushed. The little animal that kills the boa is formidable chiefly from its insignificance, which is incompressible by the folds of its antagonist.


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


If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village;

if you would know, and not be known, live in a city.


To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.


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.


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


Levity is often less foolish and gravity less wise than each of them appears.


We must be careful how we flatter fools too little, or wise men too much, for the flatterer must act the very reverse of the physician, and administer the strongest dose only to the weakest patient.


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


Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.


Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity than straight forward and simple integrity in another.


She is deceitful as the calm that precedes the hurricane, smooth as the water on the verge of the cataract, and beautiful as the rainbow, that smiling daughter of the storm; but, like the mirage in the desert, she tantalizes us with a delusion that distance creates, and that contiguity destroys.


If you want enemies, excel others; if you want friends, let others excel you.


Death is the only sovereign whom no partiality can warp, and no price corrupt.


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.


Happiness ... leads none of us by the same route.


It is the briefest yet wisest maxim which tells us to meddle not.


Insults are engendered from vulgar minds, like toadstools from a dunghill.


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.


Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.


Villainy that is vigilant will be an overmatch for virtue, if she slumber at her post.


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


Wealth after all is a relative thing since he that has little and wants less is richer than he that has much and wants more.


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.


Bed is a bundle of paradoxes: we go to it with reluctance, yet we quit it with regret.


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


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.


Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them.