Great Throughts Treasury

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

James Goldsmith, fully Sir James Michael "Jimmy" Goldsmith

Anglo-French Billionaire Financier and Tycoon

"Tolerance is a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbours of tolerance are apathy and weakness."

"The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I gained a new friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting of an old one. "

"If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late."

"Like the bee, we should make our industry our amusement."

"I am, if you like, a Cassandra, I have always looked at the downside because the upside looks after itself."

"None has more frequent conversations with a disagreeable self than the man of pleasure; his enthusiasms are but few and transient; his appetites, like angry creditors, are continually making fruitless demands for what he is unable to pay; and the greater his former pleasures, the more strong his regret, the more impatient his expectations. A life of pleasure is, therefore, the most unpleasing life."

"Tolerance it a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness."

"If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys."

"When a man marries his mistress it creates a job opportunity."