Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Paul Eldridge

American Poet, Novelist, Short Story Writer and Teacher

"We shall always discover reasons, which we shall proclaim inevitable and divinely ordained, for hating one another."

"We endeavor to stuff the universe into the gullet of an aphorism."

"Jealousy would be far less torturous if we understood that love is a passion entirely unrelated to our merits."

"A man is most accurately judged by how he treats those who are not in a position either to retaliate or to reciprocate."

"[Written] history is largely the glorification of the iniquities of the triumphant."

"Democracy stands between two tyrannies: the one which it has overthrown and the one into which it will develop."

"Esteem and knowledge of a person are generally as the two sides of a seesaw: when one rises, the other falls."

"Possessions possess."

"Little liars are makers of gossip; big liars, makers of history."

"The ideals men die for often become the prejudices their descendants kill for."

"Those whom we cannot exploit we denounce as selfish."

"He who knows himself trusts no one."

"To have lived long does not necessarily imply the gathering of much wisdom and experience. A man who has pedaled twenty-five thousand miles on a stationery bicycle has not circled the globe. He has only garnered weariness."

"We are more apt to persecute the unfortunates than the scoundrels; the scoundrels may retaliate."

"To judge a man's character by only one of its manifestations is like judging the sea by a jugful of its water."

"Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that idea is not quite clear to him."

"Reading the epitaphs, our only salvation lies in resurrecting the dead and burying the living."

"History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes."

"There are those whose sole claim to profundity is the discovery of exceptions to the rules."

"In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled.""

"With the stones we cast at them, geniuses build new roads with them."

"If we were brought to trial for the crimes we have committed against ourselves, few would escape the gallows."

"Praises for our past triumphs are as feathers to a dead bird."

"Authors hide their big thefts by putting small ones between quotation marks."