Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Charles Caleb Colton

English Writer, Clergyman and Collector

"Works of true merit are seldom very popular in their own day; for knowledge is on the march and men of genius are the videttes that are far in advance of their comrades. They are not with them, not in the camp, but beyond it."

"Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make them."

"The mistakes of the fool are known to the world, but not to himself. The mistakes of the wise man are known to himself, but not to the world."

"True contentment depends not on what we have - a tub was large enough for Diogenes, but a world was too little for Alexander."

"Works of true merit are seldom very popular in their own day; for knowledge is on the march and men of genius are the videttes that are far in advance of their comrades. They are not with them, but before them; not in the camp, but beyond it."

"We hate some people because we do not know them; and will not know them because we hate them."

"We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed."