Charles Caleb Colton Quotes

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. Charles Caleb Colton

There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool. Charles Caleb Colton

Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness. Charles Caleb Colton

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. Charles Caleb Colton

Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it’s set a rolling it must increase. Charles Caleb Colton

Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed. Charles Caleb Colton

Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it. Charles Caleb Colton

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

Life often presents us with a choice of evils rather than of goods. Charles Caleb Colton

The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence. Charles Caleb Colton

Tomorrow! It is a period nowhere to be found in all the registers of time, unless, perchance, in the fool’s calendar. Charles Caleb Colton

The excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later. Charles Caleb Colton

The family is the most basic unit of government. As the first community to which a person is attached and the first authority under which a person learns to live, the family establishes society’s most basic values. Charles Caleb Colton

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

Neutrality is no favorite with Providence, for we are so formed that it is scarcely possible for us to stand neuter in our hearts, although we may deem it prudent to appear so in our actions. Charles Caleb Colton