Charles Caleb Colton, 1780 - 1832932
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- A public debt is a kind of anchor in the storm; but if the anchor be too heavy for the vessel, she will be sunk by that very weight which was intended for her preservation. permalink
- A wise man may be duped as well as a fool; but the fool publishes the triumph of the deceiver. permalink
- Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power, that avarice makes as to wealth. She begins by accumulating it as a means to happiness, and finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end. permalink
- Analogy, although it is not infallible, is yet that telescope of the mind by which it is marvellously assisted in the discovery of both physical and moral truth. permalink
- Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones. permalink
- Body and mind, like man and wife, do not always agree to die together. permalink
- Constant success shows us but one side of the world. For, as it surrounds us with friends who will tell us only our merits, so it silences those enemies from whom alone we can learn our defects. permalink
- Conversation is the music of the mind, an intellectual orchestra, where all the instruments should bear a part, but where none should play together. permalink
- Criticism is like champagne, nothing more execrable if bad, nothing more excellent if good. permalink
- Doubt is the vestibule through which all must pass before they can enter into the temple of wisdom. permalink
- Doubt is the vestibule which all must pass before they can enter the temple of wisdom. When we are in doubt and puzzle out the truth by our own exertions, we have gained something that will stay by us and will serve us again. But if to avoid the trouble of the search we avail ourselves of the superior information of a friend, such knowledge will not remain with us; we have not bought, but borrowed it. permalink
- Each of the performers should have a just appreciation of his own powers, otherwise an unskillful novice, who might usurp the first fiddle, would infallibly get into a scrape. To prevent these mistakes, a good master of the band will be very particular in the assortment of the performers, if too dissimilar, there will be no harmony, if too few, there will be no variety, and if too numerous, there will be no order. permalink
on conversation in Lacon (1820)
- Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. permalink
- Falsehood is never so successful as when she baits her hook with truth. permalink
- Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never. permalink
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