Great Throughts Treasury

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

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David Hume

All the philosophy... in the world and all the religion, which is nothing but a species of philosophy, will never be able to carry us beyond the usual course of experience, or give us measures of conduct and behavior different from those which are furnished by reflections on common life.

Behavior | Conduct | Experience | Life | Life | Nothing | Philosophy | Religion | Will | Wisdom | World |

Thomas Jefferson

Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times.

Change | Circumstances | Manners | Mind | Progress | Wisdom | Truths |

Robert A. Johnson

A myth is a collective 'dream' of an entire people at a certain point in their history... But a myth not only lives in literature and imagination, it immediately finds its way into the behavior and attitudes of the culture - into the practical daily lives of the people.

Behavior | Culture | History | Imagination | Literature | Myth | People | Wisdom |

W. Brugh Joy, fully William Brugh Joy

Let life teach you what spirit it... By conforming to spiritual ideals imposed from the outside through the force of tradition, people often channel themselves into models of behavior that violate their inner essence. We are all guaranteed realization when we strip away our pre-conceived notions about spiritual perfection, give up striving form some idealized end-point called 'enlightenment,' and discover the magnificence of what we already are and live that fully.

Behavior | Enlightenment | Force | Ideals | Life | Life | People | Perfection | Spirit | Teach | Tradition | Wisdom |

Henry Parry Liddon

Worship is the earthly act by which we most distinctly recognize our personal immortality; men who think that they will be extinct a few years hence do not pray. In worship we spread out our insignificant life, which yet is the work of the Creator’s hands... before the Eternal and All-Merciful, that we may learn the manners of a higher sphere, and fit ourselves for companionship with saints and angels, and for the everlasting sight of the face of God.

Angels | Eternal | God | Immortality | Life | Life | Manners | Men | Will | Wisdom | Work | Worship | Companionship | Learn | Think |

Russell Lynes, fully Joseph Russell Lynes, Jr.

There is a truism about manners that can be stated didactically: Each generation believes that the manners of the generation that follows it have gone to hell in a hand basket.

Hell | Manners | Wisdom |

Justus Möser

The institutions of a country depend in great measure on the nature of its soil and situation. Many of the wants of man are awakened or supplied by these circumstances. To these wants, manners, laws, and religion must shape and accommodate themselves. The division of land, and the rights attached to it, alter with the soil; the laws relating to its produce, with its fertility. The manners of its inhabitants are in various ways modified by its position. The religion of a miner is not the same as the faith of a shepherd, nor is the character of the ploughman so war-like as that of the hunter. The observant legislator follows the direction of all these various circumstances. the knowledge of the natural advantages or defects of a country thus form an essential part of political science and history.

Character | Circumstances | Defects | Faith | History | Knowledge | Land | Man | Manners | Nature | Position | Religion | Rights | Science | Wants | War | Wisdom |

Alexis de Tocqueville, fully Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville

Laws are always unstable unless they are founded on the manners of a nation; and manners are the only durable and resisting power in a people.

Manners | People | Power | Wisdom |

Daniel Cosgrove Waterland

Example comes in by the eyes and ears, and slips insensibly into the heart, and so into the outward practice, by a kind of secret charm, transforming men’s minds and manners into his own likeness.

Example | Heart | Manners | Men | Practice | Wisdom |

Yellow Emperor's Canon of Internal Medicine NULL

To administer medicine to diseases which have already developed and thereby suppress bodily chaos which has already occurred is comparable to the behavior of those who would begin to dig a well after they have grown thirsty, or those who would begin to cast weapons after they have engaged in battle.

Battle | Behavior | Weapons | Wisdom |

Walt Whitman, fully Walter "Walt" Whitman

To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and significant of all.

Humanity | Manners | Wisdom |

Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib, simply known as Ali NULL

A man’s behavior is the index of the man, and his discourse is the index of his understanding.

Behavior | Man | Understanding |

Lyman Bryson

A man’s virtue is his behavior in the face of his destiny.

Behavior | Destiny | Man | Virtue | Virtue |

Shu Ching or Shu Jing or Shujing NULL

For changing peoples’ manners and altering their customs there is nothing better than music.

Better | Manners | Music | Nothing |

L. Francis Edmunds

Cultures can mix with one another. Explicit design is introduced to promote, improve, advance, and accelerate the evolutionary process of culture. A change brought about by a science and technology of behavior would correspond to a `biological mutation’ towards the better… Yet the final determining cause, whether genetic or cultural, is never an ethical or moral one, but always leads back to the environment. The world is a large-scale laboratory. Both the controller and the controlled are subject to conditioning. All life is conditioning.

Behavior | Better | Cause | Change | Culture | Design | Life | Life | Science | Technology | World |

Albert Einstein

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

Behavior | Death | Education | Fear | Hope | Man | Punishment | Reward | Sympathy |

Paul Fussell

At the bottom, people tend to believe that class is defined by the amount of money you have. In the middle, people grant that money has something to do with it, but think education and the kind of work you do almost equally important. Nearer the top, people perceive that taste, values, ideas, style, and behavior are indispensable criteria of class, regardless of money or occupation or education.

Behavior | Education | Ideas | Important | Indispensable | Money | Occupation | People | Style | Taste | Work | Think |

Emmet Fox

Defend those who are absent. Hear the other side before you judge. Use company manners on the family. Every day do something to help someone else.

Day | Family | Manners |