Charles Caleb Colton
Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.
Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; If you would know, and not be known, live in a city.
Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility.
There are two modes of establishing our reputation: to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
Times of general calamity and confusion create great minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms.
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.
True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them.
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.
When you have nothing to say, say nothing.