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CHARLES CALEB COLTON
English sportsman and writer
(1780 - 1832)
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To be continually subject to the breath of slander will tarnish the purest virtue, as a constant exposure to the atmosphere will obscure the brightness of the finest gold; but in either case the real value of both continues the same, although the currency may be somewhat impeded.
      - [Slander]

To be satisfied with the acquittal of the world, though accompanied with the secret condemnation of conscience, this is the mark of a little mind; but it requires a soul of no common stamp to be satisfied with its own acquittal, and to despise the condemnation of the world.
      - [Conscience]

To cure us of our immoderate love of gain, we should seriously consider how many goods there are that money will not purchase, and these the best; and how many evils there are that money will not remedy, and these the worst.
      - [Money]

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
      - [Loneliness]

To despise our species is the price we must often pay for our knowledge of it.
      - [Man]

To diminish envy, let us consider not what others possess, but what they enjoy; mere riches may be the gift of lucky accident or blind chance, but happiness must be the result of prudent preference and rational design; the highest happiness then can have no other foundation than the deepest wisdom; and the happiest fool is only as happy as he knows how to be.
      - [Envy]

To judge by the event is an error all commit: for in every instance courage, if crowned with success, is heroism; if clouded by defeat, temerity. When Nelson fought his battle in the Sound, it was the result alone that decided whether he was to kiss a hand at court or a rod at a court-martial.
      - [Success]

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.
      - [Success]

To sentence a man of true genius to the drudgery of a school is to put a race-horse in a mill.
      - [Schools]

To-morrow!--it is a period nowhere to be found in all the hoary registers of time, unless perchance in the fool's calendar.
      - [Tomorrow]

Too high an appreciation of our own talents is the chief cause why experience preaches to us all in vain.
      - [Experience]

True contentment depends not upon what we have; a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander.
      - [Contentment]

True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
      - [Friendship]

Truth can hardly be expected to adapt herself to the crooked policy and wily sinuosities of wordly affairs; for truth, like light, travels only in straight lines.
      - [Truth]

Two things, well considered, would prevent many quarrels: first, to have it well ascertained whether we are not disputing about terms, rather than things; and, secondly, to examine whether that on which we differ is worth contending about.
      - [Quarrels]

Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.
      - [Tyrants]

Unlike the sun, intellectual luminaries shine brightest after they set.
      - [Fame]

Vanity finds in self-love so powerful an ally that it storms, as it were, by a coup de main,, the citadel of our heads, where, having blinded the two watchmen, it readily descends into the heart.
      - [Vanity]

Vanity has no sex.
      - [Vanity]

Very great personages are not likely to form very just estimates either of others or of themselves; their knowledge of themselves is obscured by the flattery of others; their knowledge of others is equally clouded by circumstances peculiar to themselves. For in the presence of the great, the modest are sure to suffer from too much diffidence, and the confident from too much display.
      - [Character]

Vice has more martyrs than virtue; and it often happens that men suffer more to be lost than to be saved.
      - [Vice]

Vice stings us, even in our pleasures, but virtue consoles us, even in our pains.
      - [Vice]

Villains are usually the worst casuists, and rush into crimes to avoid less. Henry VIII. committed murder to avoid the imputation of adultery; and in our times, those who commit the latter crime attempt to wash off the stain of seducing the wife by signifying their readiness to shoot the husband.
      - [Villainy]

Villainy that is vigilant will be an overmatch for virtue, if she slumber at her post.
      - [Villainy]

Virtue, without talent, is a coat of mail without a sword; it may indeed defend the wearer, but will not enable him to protect his friend.
      - [Virtue]


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