Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Clara Lucas Balfour

English Temperance Campaigner, Lecturer, Teacher and Author

"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity."

"What a desolate place would be a world without a flower! It would be a face without a smile, a feast without a welcome. Are not flowers the stars of the earth, and are not our stars the flowers of heaven?"

"Mankind's struggle upwards, in which millions are trampled to death, that thousands may mount on their bodies."

"A beautiful envelope for mortality, presenting a glittering and polished exterior, the appearance of which gives no certain indication of the real value of what is contained therein."

"Contagious enthusiasm."

"Fearless gentleness is the most beautiful of feminine attractions born of modesty and love."

"Genius is rarely found without some mixture of eccentricity, as the strength of spirit is proved by the bubbles on its surface."