Great Throughts Treasury

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

Julius Lester

American Author, Professor and Radio Host

"A good teacher is one who helped you become who you feel yourself to be. A good teacher is also one who says something you won’t understand until 10 years later."

"How can I love you if I don't know what hurts you?"

"We remember with our emotions. The things that were important in our emotional life, that's what we remember."

"Dying ain't important. Everyone does that. What's important is how well you do your living."

"The young accept the extraordinary as normal because they do not compare their lives with those of others when everyone is like them."

"Goodness was not a trait you acquired; it was a value you practiced when you were on the verge of doing evil."