Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Daniel Defoe, born Daniel Foe

English Novelist, Journalist, Trader, Pamphleteer and Spy, best known for writing Robinson Crusoe

"All our discontents spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have."

"The height of human wisdom is to bring our tempers down to our circumstances, and to make a calm within, under the weight of the greatest storm without."

"Pride the first peer and president of hell."

"Justice is the end of government."

"All the good things of this world are no further good than as they are of use; and whatever we may heap up to give to others, we enjoy only as much as we can make useful to ourselves and others, and no more."

"I hear much of people's calling out to punish the guilty, but very few are concerned to clear the innocent."