Great Throughts Treasury

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

Joseph Farrell, fully Joseph Patrick Farrell

American Theologian, Scholar on the East-West Schism and Author

"Take it for granted that the greater your achievement the more genuine will be the surprise of your friends and neighbors."

"Most people like praise. Many people have an unreasonable fear of administering it; it is part of the puritanical dislike for anything that is agreeable - to others. When it is really deserved, most people expand under it into richer and better selves."

"When a man thinks he is reading the character of another, he is often unconsciously betraying his own; and this is especially the case with those persons whose knowledge of the world is of such sort that it results in extreme distrust of men."

"We are odd compounds full of explosive material to which circumstances may at any time apply a spark, with results undreamed of even by those who thought they knew us best."

"Enjoy your happiness while you have it, and while, you have it do not too closely scrutinize its foundation."