Quotations by Author

Charles Caleb Colton

Love lives on hope, and dies when hope is dead; It is a flame which sinks for lack of fuel.

Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.

Suicide sometimes proceeds from cowardice, but not always; for cowardice sometimes prevents it; since as many live because they are afraid to die, as die because they are afraid to live.

Those who visit foreign nations, but associate only with their own country-men, change their climate, but not their customs. They see new meridians, but the same men; and with heads as empty as their pockets, return home with traveled bodies, but untravelled minds.

There are three modes of bearing the ills of life, by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion.

Men are more readily contented with no intellectual light than with a little; and wherever they have been taught to acquire some knowledge in order to please others, they have most generally gone on to acquire more, to please themselves.

Precisely in proportion to our own intellectual weakness will be our credulity as to those mysterious powers assumed by others.