Great Throughts Treasury

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W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

Art | Character | Culture | Money | Talking | Writing | Art |

Gilbert Burnet

That is not the best sermon which makes the hearers go away talking to one another, and praising the speaker, but which makes them go away thoughtful and serious, and hastening to be alone.

Character | Talking |

Samuel Butler

Conscience is thoroughly well bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.

Character | Conscience | Talking |

Phillips Brooks

Go and try to save a soul, and you will see how well it is worth saving, how capable it is of the most complete salvation. Not by pondering about it, nor by talking of it, but by saving it, you learn its preciousness.

Salvation | Soul | Talking | Will | Wisdom | Worth | Learn |

Elizabeth Bowen, Full name Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen

There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.

Children | Talking | Wisdom |

William Cowper

Words learned by rote a parrot may rehearse; but talking is not always to converse, not more distinct from harmony divine, the constant creaking of a country sign.

Harmony | Talking | Wisdom | Words |

Thomas Dreier

When you talk about your troubles, your ailments, your diseases, your hurts, you give longer life to what makes you unhappy. Talking about your grievances merely adds to those grievances. Give recognition only to what you desire. Think and talk only about the good things that add to your enjoyment of your work and life. If you don't talk about your grievances, you'll be delighted to find them disappearing quickly.

Desire | Enjoyment | Good | Life | Life | Talking | Troubles | Wisdom | Work | Think |

Brendan Francis Behan

The friendships that last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity. Every man ought to be friend with a nun and a whore and while talking with them forget which is which.

Dignity | Friend | Man | Talking | Wisdom |

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People are always talking about originality; but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world begins to work on us; and this goes on to the end. And after all, what can we call our own, except energy, strength, and will. If I could give an account of all that I owe to great predecessors and contemporaries there would be but a small balance in my favor.

Balance | Energy | Originality | People | Strength | Talking | Will | Wisdom | Work | World |

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whenever I hear people talking about "liberal ideas," I am always astounded that men should love to fool themselves with empty sounds. An idea should never be liberal; it must be vigorous, positive, and without loose ends so that it may fulfill its divine mission and be productive. The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.

Emotions | Ends | Ideas | Love | Men | Mission | People | Talking | Wisdom |

Melville DeLancey Landon, pen name Eli Perkins

A man who spends so much time talking about himself that you can't talk about yourself.

Man | Talking | Time | Wisdom |

Walter Lippmann

Many a time I have wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed.

Talking | Time | Wisdom |

Rose Macauley, fully Dame Emilie Rose Macaulay

She probably labored under the common delusion that you made things better by talking about them.

Better | Delusion | Talking | Wisdom |

Walter Lippmann

Successful democratic politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle, or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies. The decisive consideration is not whether the proposition is good but whether it is popular -- not whether it will work well and prove itself but whether the active talking constituents like it immediately. Politicians rationalize this servitude by saying that in a democracy public men are the servants of the people.

Consideration | Democracy | Good | Men | Public | Servitude | Talking | Will | Wisdom | Work |

Neil MacCormick, Sir Donald Neil MacCormick

When we say that law ‘embodies’ values we are talking metaphorically. What does it mean? Values are only ‘embodied’ in law in the sense that and to the extent that human beings approve of the laws they have because of the state of affairs they are supposed to secure, being states of affairs which are on some ground deemed just or otherwise good. This need not be articulated at all.

Good | Law | Need | Sense | Talking | Wisdom |