Charles Caleb Colton
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Charles Caleb Colton
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…
Justice to my readers compels me to admit that I write because I have nothing to do; justice to myself induces me to add that…
He that is good, will infallibly become better, and he that is bad, will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue and time are three…
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…
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…
Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time…
He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further, and try to plant a virtue in its place.
Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.
Posthumous charities are the very essence of selfishness when bequeathed by those who, even alive, would part with nothing.
In religion as in politics it so happens that we have less charity for those who believe half our creed, than for those who deny…
Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
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.
Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.
He that knows himself, knows others; and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men’s heads.
Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.
We own almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed but to those who have differed.
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…
The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.
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…
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