Great Throughts Treasury

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

George S. Merriam

Author of Spiritual Books and part of family that published Merriam Webster Dictionary

"The passion for truth has underlying it a profound conviction that what is real is best; that when we get to the heart of things we shall find there what we most need."

"That belief which inspires a man to higher life, which moves him to trample down his besetting sins, to help his weaker brother, to rise into communion with God, is to him a Divine voice."

"No one who is fit to live need fear to die... To us here, death is the most terrible word we know. But when we have tasted its reality, it will mean to us birth, deliverance, a new creation of ourselves."

"The key of the world is given into our hands when we throw ourselves unreservedly into the service of the highest truth we know."

"Faith is the soul’s consciousness of its Divine relationship and exalted destiny."

"The sense of humor is the oil of life's engine. Without it, the machinery creaks and groans. No lot is so hard, no aspect of things is so grim, but it relaxes before a hearty laugh."