Great Throughts Treasury

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

John Aiken or Aikin

English Biographer, Doctor and Writer

"He, whose first emotion on the view of an excellent production is to undervalue it, will never have one of his own to show."

"Nothing is such an obstacle to the production of excellence as the power of producing what is good with ease and rapidity."

"The hardest trial of the heart is, whether it can bear a rival's failure without triumph."