1780-1832, British Sportsman Writer
Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power that avarice makes concerning wealth. She begins by accumulating power as a means to happiness, and she finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Ambition]
Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Applause]
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 – [Tolerance]
Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Greed]
Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Bigotry]
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 – [Books and Reading]
Commerce flourishes by circumstances, precarious, transitory, contingent, almost as the winds and waves that bring it to our shores.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Economy and Economics]
Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Adversity]
Contemporaries appreciate the person rather than their merit, posterity will regard the merit rather than the person.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Memory]
Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Morality]
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 cannot console.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Death and Dying]
Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness or oppose with firmness.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Decisions]
Did universal charity prevail, earth would be a heaven, and hell a fable.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Charity]
Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Doubt]
Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship, never.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Love]
Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Friends and Friendship]
Grant graciously what you cannot refuse safely and conciliate those you cannot conquer.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Negotiation]
Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Opportunity]
Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meandering, but leads none of us by the same route
Charles Caleb Colton – [Happiness]
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 things that never stand still.
Charles Caleb Colton – [Progress]