Great Throughts Treasury

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

Julia Ward Howe

American Author, Poet, Essayist, Lecturer, Reformer, Biographer best known for writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"

"Politeness induces morality. Serenity of manners requires serenity of mind."

"Every newly discovered truth judges the world, separates the good from the evil, and calls on faithful souls to make sure of their election."

"Disarm, disarm. The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession."

"The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as those of the sword need swiftness."

"I am confirmed in my division of human energies. Ambitious people climb, but faithful people build."

"While your life is the true expression of your faith, whom can you fear?"

"Beneath all differences of doctrine or discipline there exists a fundamental agreement as to the simple, absolute essentials in religion."

"Life is so short, and friendship so precious!"

"I know not why there is such a melancholy feeling attached to the remembrance of past happiness, except that we fear that the future can have nothing so bright as the past."

"Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
 all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience."