Charles Caleb Colton
(1780-1832) English Sportsman, Writer
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True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.
Corruption is like a ball of snow, once it's set a rolling it must increase.
Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship, never.
He that likes a hot dinner, a warm welcome, new ideas and old wine, will not often dine with the great.
He that thinks himself the wisest is generally the least so.
Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.
Is made more sacred by adversity.
Life often presents us with a choice of evils, rather than of goods.
Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
Most men know what they hate, few know what they love.
Rats and conquerors must expect no mercy in misfortune.
Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.
Time; that black and narrow isthmus between two eternities.
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.
We ask advice, but we mean approbation.
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.
Were we as eloquent as angels we still would please people much more by listening rather than talking.
When we fail our pride supports us and when we succeed, it betrays us.
When you have nothing to say, say nothing; a weak defense strengthens your opponent, and silence is less injurious than a bad reply.