Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Quotes Listing

Franklin Pierce Adams, pen name F.P.A.

You never know what you can do without until your try.

Character |

Agus Salim, or Agus Hadji

Mysticism is nothing but an overwhelming concentration of religious feeling.

Character | Mysticism | Nothing |

Louis-Aimé Martin

It requires two indiscreet persons to institute a quarrel; one individual cannot quarrel alone.

Character | Individual |

Louis-Aimé Martin

Love is a flame which burns in heaven and whose soft reflections radiate to us. Two worlds are opened, two lives given to it. It is by love that we double our being; it is by love that we approach God.

Character | God | Heaven | Love |

Thomas Adams

Death is as near to the young as to the old; here is all the difference: death stands behind the young man’s back, before the old man’s face.

Character | Death | Man | Old |

Amen-em-apt NULL

Another good thing in the heart of God is to pause before speaking.

Character | God | Good | Heart | Wisdom | God |

American Civil Liberties Union NULL

Liberty is always unfinished business.

Business | Character | Liberty |

Shlomo Wolbe, aka Wilhelm Wolbe

When you have desires to do something wrong, you might feel so embarrassed with yourself for not being on a higher level that you try to repress those desires and forget about them. This is a mistake since it is not dealing with the problem but covering it up. Ignoring your inner feelings and reactions is dangerous. Be aware of what you desire, and have a dialogue with yourself to overcome it.

Character | Desire | Feelings | Mistake | Wrong |

Dwight Douglas Andrews

Real joy seems dissonant from the human character in its present condition; and if it be felt, it must come from a higher region, for the world is shadowed by sorrow; thorns array the ground; the very clouds, while they weep fertility on our mountains, seem also to shed a tear on man’s grave who departs, unlike the beauties of summer, to return no more; who fades unlike the sons of the forest, which another summer beholds new clothed, when he is unclothed and forgotten.

Character | Grave | Joy | Man | Present | Sorrow | World |

Khajah Abdullah Ansari of Herat, Abu Ismaïl Abdullah ibn Abi-Mansour Mohammad or Khajah Abdullah Ansari of Herat

The company of a good man is the light of the soul, of an evil man the poison of life.

Character | Evil | Good | Life | Life | Light | Man | Soul |

Antisthenes NULL

As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.

Character | Passion |

Antisthenes NULL

Virtue is a weapon that cannot be taken away.

Character | Virtue | Virtue |

Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus

Be simple and modest in your deportment, and treat with indifference whatever lies between virtue and vice.

Character | Indifference | Virtue | Virtue |

Arthur Aughey

Faith without evidence is, properly, not faith, but prejudice or presumption; faith beyond evidence is superstition, and faith contrary to evidence is either insanity or willful perversity of mind.

Character | Evidence | Faith | Insanity | Mind | Prejudice | Presumption | Superstition |

W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden

We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.

Character | Earth | Good | Wisdom |

Simeon ben Azai, sometimes Ben Azai

He who, for the sake of learning, lowers himself by exposing his ignorance, will ultimately be elevated.

Character | Ignorance | Learning | Will |

W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden

It is axiomatic that we should all think of ourselves as being more sensitive than other people because, when we are insensitive in our dealings with others, we cannot be aware of it at the time: conscious insensitivity is a self-contradiction.

Character | Contradiction | People | Self | Time | Wisdom | Think |

Augustine Baker

Prayer is the most perfect and most divine action that a rational soul is capable of. It is of all actions and duties the most indispensably necessary.

Action | Character | Prayer | Soul |

Honoré de Balzac

All we are is in the soul.

Character | Soul |

Honoré de Balzac

Glory is a poison, good to be taken in small doses.

Character | Glory | Good |

Harry F. Banks, real name possibly Harry Band

Courtesy, kindness, sincerity, truthfulness, thoughtfulness and good manners translated into behavior reflect one's true character.

Behavior | Character | Courtesy | Good | Kindness | Manners | Sincerity |

Isaac Barrow

Incredulity is not wisdom, but the worst kind of folly. It is folly, because it causes ignorance and mistake, with all the consequents of these; and it is very bad, as being accompanied with disingenuity, obstinacy, rudeness, uncharitableness, and the like, bad dispositions; from which credulity itself, the other extreme sort of folly, is exempt.

Character | Extreme | Folly | Ignorance | Incredulity | Mistake | Wisdom |

Richard Baxter

Paganism attributes the creation of the world to blind chance.

Chance | Character | World |

Saul Bellow

A man is only as good as what he loves.

Character | Good | Man |

George Stuart Benson

Great ideals and principles do not live from generation to generation just because they are right, nor even because they have been carefully legislated. Ideals and principles continue from generation to generation only when they are built into the hearts of the children as they grow up.

Character | Children | Ideals | Principles | Right |

Philip S. Berg, originally Feivel Gruberger

Our souls are like streams that can never rest until they once again mingle with the Infinite sea... We are here to earn the beneficence of the Creator. This is a process sometimes too difficult to accomplish in one lifetime, but fortunately we are provided with as many lifetimes as necessary.

Character | Rest |

Henri Bergson, aka Henri-Louis Bergson

It is the whole soul, in fact, that gives rise to the free decision, and the act will be so much the freer the more the dynamic series with which it is connected tends to be the fundamental self... but the moments at which we thus grasp ourselves are rare, and that is why we are rarely free.

Character | Decision | Dynamic | Self | Soul | Will |

John Abercrombie

The sound and proper exercise of the imagination may be made to contribute to the cultivation of all that is virtuous and estimable in the human character.

Character | Cultivation | Imagination | Sound |

Francis Ellington Abbot

It is easy to condemn; it is better to pity.

Better | Character | Pity |

George Matthew Adams

It's what each of us sows, and how, that gives to us character and prestige. Seeds of kindness, goodwill, and human understanding, planted in fertile soil, spring up into deathless friendships, big deeds of worth, and a memory that will not soon fade out. We are all sowers of seeds - and let us never forget it!

Character | Deeds | Kindness | Memory | Understanding | Will | Worth | Deeds |

George Aiken, fully George David Aiken

Education is to get where you can start to learn.

Character | Education |

Thomas Adams

He who reforms himself, has done much toward reforming others; and one reason why the world is not reformed, is, because each would have others make a beginning, and never thinks of himself doing it.

Beginning | Character | Reason | World |

Archibald Alison

It is in periods of apparent disaster, during the sufferings of whole generations, that the greatest improvement in human character has been effected.

Character | Improvement |

Khajah Abdullah Ansari of Herat, Abu Ismaïl Abdullah ibn Abi-Mansour Mohammad or Khajah Abdullah Ansari of Herat

Fasting is only saving bread, but if you have conquered the heart you have conquered everything.

Character | Heart | Wisdom |

Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus

Do every act of your life as if it were your last.

Character | Life | Life |