Charles Caleb Colton Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Charles Caleb Colton quotes, Charles Caleb Colton sayings, and Charles Caleb Colton proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.'

Man is an embodied paradox, a bundle of contradictions Charles Caleb Colton
Injuries accompanied with insults are never forgiven: all men, on these occasions, are good haters, and lay out their revenge at compound interest. Charles Caleb Colton
A hug is worth a thousand words. A friend is worth more.True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost. Charles Caleb Colton
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, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires. Charles Caleb Colton
Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance. Charles Caleb Colton
Patience is the support of weakness; impatience the ruin of strength. Charles Caleb Colton
The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence. Charles Caleb Colton
A diamond, incarcerated in its subterraneous prison, rough and unpolished, differs not from a common stone. 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
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
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. Charles Caleb Colton
The victim to too severe a law is considered as a martyr rather than a criminal. Charles Caleb Colton
Secrecy is the soul of all great designs. Perhaps more has been effected by concealing our own intentions than by discovering those of our enemy. Charles Caleb Colton
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom. Charles Caleb Colton
Gross and vulgar minds will always pay a higher respect to wealth than to talent; for wealth, although it be a far less efficient source of power than talent, happens to be far more intelligible. Charles Caleb Colton
Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder. Charles Caleb Colton
Life is the jailer of the soul in this filthy prison, and its only deliverer is death. Charles Caleb Colton
Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely and conciliate those you cannot conquer. Charles Caleb Colton
Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with it genius has not even a nodding acquaintance. Charles Caleb Colton
Insults are engendered from vulgar minds, like toadstools from a dunghill. Charles Caleb Colton
As no roads are so rough as those that have just been mended, so no sinners are so intolerant as those that have just turned saints. Charles Caleb Colton
Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase. Charles Caleb Colton
Idleness is the grand Pacific Ocean of life, and in that stagnant abyss the most salutary things produce no good, the most noxious no evil. Vice, indeed, abstractedly considered, may be, and often is engendered in idleness; but the moment it becomes efficiently vice, it must quit its cradle and cease to be idle. Charles Caleb Colton
To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill. Charles Caleb Colton
Theories are private property, but truth is common stock Charles Caleb Colton
Theory is worth but little, unless it can explain its own phenomena, and it must effect this without contradicting itself; therefore, the facts are sometimes assimilated to the theory, rather than the theory to the facts. Charles Caleb Colton
Nobility is a river that sets with a constant and undeviating current, directly into the great Pacific Ocean of Time; but, unlike all other rivers, it is more grand at its source, than at its termination. Charles Caleb Colton
Nobility of birth does not always insure a corresponding unity of mind; if it did, it would always act as a stimulus to noble actions; but it sometimes acts as a clog rather than a spur. Charles Caleb Colton
It is an easy and a vulgar thing to please the mob, and not a very arduous task to astonish them; but essentially to benefit and to improve them, is a work fraught with difficulty, and teeming with danger. Charles Caleb Colton
Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them. Charles Caleb Colton