Great Throughts Treasury

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Victor Hugo

To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.

Force | Service | Obstacle |

Rig Veda, or The Rigveda

If a householder molds himself according to the circumstances just like nature molds Herself according to seasons and performs his Karma then only shall he acquire happiness. One who does this successfully gains in all walks of life.

Charity | Service |

Rig Veda, or The Rigveda

Only by indulging in good deeds can one expect good results.

God | Good | Service | God |

Atharva Veda, or Atharvaveda

The Divine is a wine that would intoxicate you. The nectar that the Name of the Lord is saturated in produces it. Taste it and you forget everything else; you are transformed.

Doubt | Service |

Atharva Veda, or Atharvaveda

The upper part of the womb do I place below, there shall come to thee neither offspring nor birth. I render thee sterile and devoid of offspring; a stone do I make into a cover for thee.

God | Service | Society | Universe | Society | God |

Ursula Le Guin, fully Ursula Kroeber Le Guin

There are no right answers to wrong questions.

Control | Little | Service | Speech | Time | Afraid |

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues NULL

Men crowd into honorable careers without other vocation than their vanity, or at best their love of fame.

Service |

Tripitaka or Tipitaka NULL

The accumulation of good work is joyful.

Compassion | Life | Life | Service | Truth |

Tryon Edwards

The mortality of mankind is but a part of the process of living - a step on the way to immortality. - Dying, to the good man, is but a brief sleep, from which he wakes to a perfection and fullness of life in eternity.

Change | God | Life | Life | Service | Surrender | Work | God |

Tripitaka or Tipitaka NULL

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

Compassion | Life | Life | Service | Truth |

Hsuan Hua, aka An Tzu and Tu Lun

No-thought means to view all dharmas with a mind undefiled by attachment. When the mind is undefiled by attachment, dharmas are empty. If dharmas are empty, then why must you get attached to your bad habits and weaknesses?

Circumstances | Sincerity | Study |

Thomas L. Friedman, fully Thomas Lauren Friedman

No one has expressed what is needed better than Abdel Rahman al-Rashed, the general manager of the London-based al-Arabiya news channel. One of the best-known and most respected Arab journalists working today, he wrote the following, in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (September 6, 2004), after a series of violent incidents involving Muslim extremist groups from Chechnya to Saudi Arabia to Iraq: Self-cure starts with self-realization and confession. We should then run after our terrorist sons, in the full knowledge that they are the sour grapes of a deformed culture... The mosque used to be a haven, and the voice of religion used to be that of peace and reconciliation. Religious sermons were warm behests for a moral order and an ethical life. Then came the neo-Muslims. An innocent and benevolent religion, whose verses prohibit the felling of trees in the absence of urgent necessity, that calls murder the most heinous of crimes, that says explicitly that if you kill one person you have killed humanity as a whole, has been turned into a global message of hate and a universal war cry... We cannot clear our names unless we own up to the shameful fact that terrorism has become an Islamic enterprise; an almost exclusive monopoly, implemented by Muslim men and women. We cannot redeem our extremist youth, who commit all these heinous crimes, without confronting the Sheikhs who thought it ennobling to reinvent themselves as revolutionary ideologues, sending other people's sons and daughters to certain death, while sending their own children to European and American schools and colleges.

Better | Good | Service |

Woodrow Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson

I am the friend of peace and mean to preserve it for America so long as I am able. . . . No course of my choosing or of their (nations at war) will lead to war. War can come only by the willful acts and aggressions of others.

Man | Service |

Woodrow Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Statesmen have to bend to the collective will of their peoples or be broken

Business | Disparagement | Error | Experience | History | Hope | Influence | Justice | Love | Mankind | Nations | People | Service | Will | World | Business |

Woodrow Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Once lead this people into war and they will forget there ever was such a thing as tolerance.

Learning | Public | Service | Spirit | Will |

Thornton Wilder, fully Thornton Niven Wilder

The mind of Caesar. It is the reverse of most men's. It rejoices in committing itself. To us arrive each day a score of challenges; we must say yes or no to decisions that will set off chains of consequences. Some of us deliberate; some of us refuse the decision, which is itself a decision; some of us leap giddily into the decision, setting our jaws and closing our eyes, which is the sort of decision of despair. Caesar embraces decision. It is as though he felt his mind to be operating only when it is interlocking itself with significant consequences. Caesar shrinks from no responsibility. He heaps more and more upon his shoulders.

Belief | Custom | Daughter | Dread | Enough | Heaven | Ideas | Knowledge | Little | Love | Passion | People | Shame | Sincerity | World |

Thornton Wilder, fully Thornton Niven Wilder

But there comes a moment in everybody's life when he must decide whether he'll live among the human beings or not - a fool among fools or a fool alone.

Excellence | Sincerity | Excellence |

Thucydides NULL

They have discovered that the length of time we have now been in commission has rotted our ships and wasted our crews, and that with the completeness of our crews and the soundness of the pristine efficiency of our navy has departed. For it is impossible for us to haul our ships ashore and dry them out because the enemy's vessels being as many or more than our own, we are constantly anticipating an attack.

Change | Future | Past | Present | Right | Service | Virtue | Virtue | Wealth |

William Shakespeare

Ay, in the catalogue ye go for men; as hounds, and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs, shoughs, water-rugs, and demi-wolves, are 'clept all by the name of dogs: the valued file distinguishes the swift, the slow, the subtle, the housekeeper, the hunter, every one according to the gift which bounteous nature hath in him closed. Macbeth, Act iii, Scene 1

Love | Service |