Great Throughts Treasury

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

Ludwig Lewisohn

German-born U.S. Novelist and Critic, Editor for the Nation, Professor of German at Ohio State

"A people cannot be destroyed except from within."

"Involuntary obedience corrupts the soul."

"The artist is one to whom all experience is revelation."

"Democracy, which began by liberating man politically, has developed a dangerous tendency to enslave him through the tyranny of majorities and the deadly power of their opinion."

"Liberty is a living thing that passes from one generation to the next... The greatest enemy of a living thing is not its enemies but its friends who wish to cling to its antiquated form."

"Wherever deep experience attains intense expression, there is art."