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    Quotes by Charles Caleb Colton

    • Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.
    • Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
    • If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; If you would know, and not be known, live in a city.
    • Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
    • The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility.
    • There are two modes of establishing our reputation: to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
    • Times of general calamity and confusion create great minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms.
    • 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.
    • True friendship is like sound health, the value is seldom appreciated until it is lost.
    • We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them.
    • We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer tasting them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.
    • When you have nothing to say, say nothing.
    • 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 them.
      Lacon, 1820
    • Riches may enable us to confer favours, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires a something that riches cannot give.
      Lacon, 1825
    • To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it.
      Lacon, 1825
    • Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.
      Lacon, volume I, no. 183
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