Great Throughts Treasury

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

Edith Hamilton

American Educator, Author and Classical Scholar

"A people’s literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them. The writings of the day show the quality of the people as no historical reconstruction can."

"But it is not hard work which is dreary; it is superficial work. That is always boring in the long run, and it has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is ever laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought - that is to be educated."

"To be able to be caught up into the world of thought - that is educated."

"Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active. "

"Great art is the expression of a solution of the conflict between the demands of the world without and that within. "

"Mind and spirit together make up that which separates us from the rest of the animal world, that which enables a man to know the truth and that which enables him to die for the truth. "

"When the mind withdraws into itself and dispenses with facts it makes only chaos. "