Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Bergen Baldwin Evans

American Lexicographer, Author, Educator, Rhodes Scholar, Northwestern University Professor of English

"Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt."

"Words are one of our chief means of adjusting to all the situations of life. The better control we have of over words, the more successful our adjustment is likely to be."

"Wisdom is meaningless until our own experience has given it meaning and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom."

"Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt."

"Leadership is more likely to be assumed by the aggressive than by the able, and those who scramble to the top are more often motivated by their own inner torments."

"Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think."

"Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable."

"Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning - and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom."