Great Throughts Treasury

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

Irwin Edman

American Philosopher and Professor of Philosophy

"The gift of gaiety may itself be the greatest good fortune, and the most serious step toward maturity."

"Life is always at some turning point."

"The best test of the quality of a civilization is the quality of its leisure. Not what the citizens... do when they are obliged to do... but what they do when they can do anything by choice, is the criterion of a people's life."

"It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable not a logic, and symbol rather than a reason by which men are moved. "

"Education is the process of casting false pearls before real swine."