Charles Caleb Colton


Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.

Honesty is not only the deepest policy, but the highest wisdom, since however difficult it may be for integrity to get on, it is a thousand times more difficult for knavery to get off; and no error is more fatal than that of those who think that virtue has no other reward because they have heard that she is her own.

There is the difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.

Some read to think, these are rare; some to write, these are common; and some read to talk, and these form the great majority.

No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.

Imitation is the sincerest flattery.

The Lacon