Great Throughts Treasury

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

Cyrus Augustus Bartol

American Unitarian Minister, Author

"Good manners and good morals are sworn friends and fast allies."

"Hope is the parent of faith."

"Even pure thought is a glimpse of God. "

"Fine manners are like personal beauty, a letter of credit everywhere. "

"Look at nature with science as a lens. The rock swarms, the clod dances; the mineral is but the vegetable stepping down, and the animal an ascending plant; the man, a beast extended; and the angel, a developed human soul. "

"Temperance to be a virtue must be free, and not forced. "

"We must learn that competence is better than extravagance, that worth is better than wealth, that the golden calf we have worshipped has no more brains than that one of old which the Hebrews worshipped. So beware of money and money’s worth as the supreme passion of the mind. Beware of the craving for enormous acquisition."

"Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone. "

"As diamond cuts diamond, and one hone smoothes a second, all the parts of intellect are whetstones to each other; and genius, which is but the result of their mutual sharpening, is character, too. "