Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Gilbert L. Guffin

American Clergy, Author and Educator, President of Eastern University

"It is ever true that the life one lives speaks more loudly than the words one utters."

"Man is an enigma. He wants to live a long time, yet is constantly threatening himself with annihilation. He desires the enjoyment of good health, yet regularly ignores the basic rules for it. He longs for immortality, yet often lives a life not fit to live forever. He loves liberty, yet steadily makes himself a slave to false masters. He has the possibility of being a saint, yet so often chooses to be a sinner. He is the only creature that can stoop below itself, becoming a "rat," a "skunk," a "snake-in-the-grass," yet he can ascend through God's grace to angelic heights."