Great Throughts Treasury

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

William Menninger, fully William Claire Menninger

American Psychiatrist, co-founder with his brother Karl and father of The Menninger Foundation

"There is no better therapy than a job and a paycheck."

"Six essential qualities that are the key to success: sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity."

"Mental health problems do not affect three or four out of every five persons but one out of one."

"It is just as important, perhaps more important, for the teacher to have the benefit of personal counseling when he needs it as it is for the student."

"A fellow must know where he wants to go, if he is going to get anywhere. It is so easy just to drift along. Some people go through school as if they thought they were doing their families a favor. On a job, they work along in a humdrum way, interested only in their salary check. They don't have a goal. When anyone crosses them up, they take their marbles and walk out. The people who go places and do things make the most of every situation. They are ready for the next thing that comes along on the road to their goal. They know what they want and are willing to go an extra mile."

"Hate can only flourish where love is absent."

"The amount of satisfaction you get from life depends largely on your own ingenuity, self-sufficiency, and resourcefulness. People who wait around for life to supply their satisfaction usually find boredom instead."

"In positive terms, we can state that psychological maturity entails finding greater satisfaction in giving than in receiving; having a capacity to form satisfying and permanent loyalties; being primarily a creative, contributing person; having learned to profit from experience; having a freedom from fear (anxiety) with a resulting true serenity and not a pseudo absence of tension; and accepting and making the most of unchangeable reality when it confronts one."

"It is difficult to give children a sense of security unless you have it yourself. If you have it, they catch it from you."

"Set up as an ideal the facing of reality as honestly and as cheerfully as possible."

"The Criteria of Emotional Maturity: The ability to deal constructively with reality. The capacity to adapt to change. A relative freedom from symptoms that are produced by tensions and anxieties. The capacity to find . . . satisfaction in giving . . . [and] receiving. The capacity to relate to other people in a consistent manner with mutual satisfaction and helpfulness. The capacity to sublimate, to direct one's instinctive hostile energy into creative and constructive outlets. The capacity to love."