Great Throughts Treasury

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

Eric Allen Johnston

Business Owner, President of the United States Chamber of Commerce, President of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and a U.S. government Special Projects Administrator and Envoy for both Democratic and Republican administrations

"Beaten paths are for beaten men."

"The things a man believes most profoundly are rarely on the surface of his mind or tongue. Newly acquired notions - decisions based on expediency, the fashionable ideas of the moment - are right on top of the pile, ready to be displayed in bright after-dinner conversation. But the ideas that make up a man's philosophy of life are somewhere way down below."

"Character is the beginning and the end of all things. Without it, we have only the ashes of a people's failure; with it, we have the rainbow of civilization's desires."

"If the power goes out, business stops... whether you sell roses or you're a big manufacturer."

"Most government officials are rushing headlong to solve the problems of 50 years ago, with their ears assailed by the sound of snails whizzing by."

"Movies are immortal art - the first new art since Greek drama."

"The dinosaur's eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is good, an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better."