Great Throughts Treasury

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Samuel Amalu

There is no shame in having fallen. Nor any shame in being born into a lowly estate. There is only shame in not struggling to rise. And also shame for not wishing to attain the better. Or not dreaming about it and praying for it.

Better | Character | Shame |

Mateo Alemán, fully Mateo Alemán y de Enero

That poverty which is not the daughter of the spirit is but the mother of shame and reproach; it is a disreputation that drowns all the other good parts that are in man; it is a disposition to all kind of evil; it is a man’s greatest foe.

Character | Daughter | Evil | Good | Man | Mother | Poverty | Shame | Spirit |

John Chrysostom, fully Saint John Chrysostom

It is a shame for a man to desire honor because of his noble progenitors, and not to deserve it by his own virtue.

Character | Desire | Honor | Man | Shame | Virtue | Virtue |

Edwin Hubbell Chapin

There are interests by the sacrifice of which peace is too dearly purchased. One should never be at peace to the shame of his own soul - to the violation of his integrity or of his allegiance to God.

Character | God | Integrity | Peace | Sacrifice | Shame | Soul |

Robert Hall

Let your words be few and digested, it is a shame for the tongue to cry the heart mercy, much more to cast itself upon the uncertain pardon of others’ ears.

Character | Heart | Mercy | Pardon | Shame | Words |

William James

Our thought, incessantly deciding, among many things of a kind, which ones for it shall be realities, here chooses one of many possible selves or characters, and forthwith reckons it no shame to fail in any of those not adopted expressly as its own.

Character | Shame | Thought |

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

We imagine we are free in our actions, just as in dreaming we deem a place perfectly familiar which we then see doubtless for the first time.

Character | Time |

Louis XIV, aka Louis the Great or Sun King NULL

When pride and presumption walk before, shame and loss follow very closely.

Character | Presumption | Pride | Shame | Loss |

B. N. Mills

Dreamers and doers - the world, generally divides men into those two general classifications, but the world is often wrong. There are men who win the admiration and respect of their fellowmen. They are the men worth while. Dreaming is just another name for thinking, planning, devising - another way of saying that a man exercises his soul. A steadfast soul, holding steadily to a dream ideal, plus a sturdy will determined to succeed in any venture, can make any dream come true. Use your mind and your will. They work together for you beautifully if you'll only give them a chance.

Admiration | Chance | Character | Man | Men | Mind | Respect | Soul | Thinking | Will | Work | World | Worth | Wrong | Respect |

Rabbi Eliezer ben Isaac Papo, aka "ha-Kosesh" or "The Saint"

A person once came into a room where a few people were sleeping. The sleepers were dreaming nightmares and cried in their sleep. The person who was awake did not join them in their crying for he realized it was merely a dream. Similarly, I realize this world is like a dream. People upset over worldly matters are as in the midst of a nightmare. I am awake and am cognizant of how illusory worldly suffering really is.

Character | People | Suffering | World |

Publius Syrus

To feel shame is a sort of slavery.

Character | Shame | Slavery | Wisdom |

Jonathan Swift, pen names, M.B. Drapier, Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff

Nothing more unqualifies a man to act iwth prudence, than a misfortune that is attended with shame and guilt.

Character | Guilt | Man | Misfortune | Nothing | Prudence | Prudence | Shame | Misfortune |

Edmund Spenser

No greater shame to man than inhumanity.

Character | Inhumanity | Man | Shame |

Saint Augustine, aka Augustine of Hippo, St. Austin, Bishop of Hippo NULL

Wine-drinking is the mother of all mischief, the root of crimes, the spring of vices, the whirlwind of the brain, the overthrow of the sense, the tempest of the tongue, the ruin of the body, the shame of life, the stain of honesty, and the plague and corruption of the soul.

Body | Corruption | Honesty | Life | Life | Mother | Sense | Shame | Soul | Wisdom |

Catherine Bowen, née Catherine Shober Drinker

The professors laugh at themselves, they laugh at life; they long ago abjured the bitch-goddess Success, and the best of them will fight for his scholastic ideals with a courage and persistence that would shame a soldier. The professor is not afraid of words like truth; in fact he is not afraid of words at all.

Courage | Ideals | Life | Life | Persistence | Shame | Success | Truth | Will | Wisdom | Words | Afraid |

Bushman from Kalahari NULL

There is a dream dreaming of us.

Wisdom |

Geoffrey Chaucer

And all your dreams and other such like folly, to deep oblivion let them be consigned; for they arise but from your melancholy, by which your health is being undermined. A straw for all the meaning you can find in dreams! They aren’t worth a hill of beans, for no one knows what dreaming really means.

Dreams | Folly | Health | Meaning | Means | Melancholy | Oblivion | Wisdom | Worth |

William Cobbett

Poverty is, except where there is an actual want of food an raiment, a thing much more imaginary than real. The shame of poverty - the shame of being though poor - it is a great and fatal weakness, though arising in this country, from the fashion of the times themselves.

Poverty | Shame | Weakness | Wisdom |