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 :: 1780-1832, British Sportsman Writer

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He that knows himself, knows others; and he that is ignorant of himself, could not write a very profound lecture on other men's heads.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Self-knowledge]

 

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He that thinks he is the happiest man, really is so. But he that thinks he is the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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He that will believe only what he can fully comprehend must have a long head or a very short creed.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Belief]

 

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Honor is unstable and seldom the same; for she feeds upon opinion, and is as fickle as her food.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Honor]

 

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If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Love]

 

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If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; if you would know, and not be known, live in a city.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Town and Country]

 

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In all societies, it is advisable to associate if possible with the highest; not that the highest are always the best, but because, if disgusted there, we can descend at any time; but if we begin with the lowest, to ascend is impossible.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Association]

 

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It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies; seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [School]

 

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It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Danger]

 

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It is only when the rich are sick that they fully feel the impotence of wealth.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Wealth]

 

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It is the briefest yet wisest maxim which tells us to ''meddle not''.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Argument]

 

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It is with disease of the mind, as with those of the body; we are half dead before we understand our disorder, and half cured when we do.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Disease]

 

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Justice to my readers compels me to admit that I write because I have nothing to do; justice to myself induces me to add that I will cease to write the moment I have nothing to say.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Writers and Writing]

 

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Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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Levity is often less foolish and gravity less wise than each of them appears.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Humor]

 

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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 - [Freedom]

 

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Life isn't like a book. Life isn't logical or sensible or orderly. Life is a mess most of the time. And theology must be lived in the midst of that mess.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Life and Living]

 

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Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominates it is passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Love]

 

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Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by other men.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Riches]

 

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Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
~ Charles Caleb Colton - [Prudence]

 

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