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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Hugh Black

It is a paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self. As a matter of experience, we find that true happiness comes in seeking other things, in the manifold activities of life, in the healthful outgoing of all human powers.

Experience | Life | Life | Paradox | Pleasure | Purpose | Purpose | Self | Wisdom | Happiness |

Richard Baxter

Though selfishness hath defiled the whole man, yet sensual pleasure is the chief part of its interest, and therefore by the senses it commonly works, and these are the doors and the windows by which iniquity entereth the soul.

Man | Pleasure | Selfishness | Soul | Wisdom |

Henry Bolingbroke, Henry IV of England

Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.

Body | Health | Individual | Liberty | Man | Pleasure | Society | Wisdom | Happiness |

William Bolitho, pen name for Charles William Ryall

Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.

Body | Health | Individual | Liberty | Man | Pleasure | Society | Wisdom | Happiness |

Brillat-Savarin, fully Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin NULL

In compelling man to eat that he may live, Nature gives an appetite to invite him, and pleasure to reward him.

Appetite | Man | Nature | Pleasure | Reward | Wisdom |

Jean de La Bruyère

If you suppress the exorbitant love of pleasure and money, idle curiosity, iniquitous pursuits and wanton mirth, what a stillness would there be in the great cities! The necessaries of life do not occasion at most a third part of the hurry.

Curiosity | Hurry | Life | Life | Love | Mirth | Money | Pleasure | Wisdom |

Jean de La Bruyère

The most delicate, the most sensible, of all pleasures consists in promoting the pleasure of others.

Pleasure | Wisdom |

Boethius, fully Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius NULL

If you think of the infinite resources of eternity you have little cause to take pleasure in any continuation of your name.

Cause | Eternity | Little | Pleasure | Wisdom | Think |

William Cecil, Lord Burghley, 1st Baron Burghley, also Lord William Cecil Burleigh

Beware of suretyship for thy best friend. He that payeth another man’s debt seeketh his own decay. But if thou canst not otherwise choose, rather lend the money thyself upon good bonds, although thou borrow it; so shalt thou secure thyself, and pleasure thy friend.

Debt | Friend | Good | Man | Money | Pleasure | Wisdom |

Aaron Burr

The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure, and pleasure my business.

Business | Life | Life | Pleasure | Rule | Wisdom | Business |

Mary Baker Eddy

Error is a supposition that pleasure and pain, that intelligence, substance, life, are existent in matter. Error is neither Mind nor one of Mind's faculties. Error is the contradiction of Truth. Error is a belief without understanding. Error is unreal because untrue. It is that which stemma to be and is not. If error were true, its truth would be error, and we should have a self-evident absurdity namely, erroneous truth. Thus we should continue to lose the standard of Truth.

Belief | Contradiction | Error | Health | Mind | Pleasure | Truth | Wisdom | Absurdity |

William Croswell Doane

Enthusiasm is the element of success in everything. It is the light that leads and the strength that lifts men on and up in the great struggles of scientific pursuits and of professional labor. It robs endurance of difficulty, and makes a pleasure of duty.

Difficulty | Duty | Endurance | Enthusiasm | Labor | Light | Men | Pleasure | Strength | Success | Wisdom |

William Enfield, aka "The Enquirer"

Socrates taught that true felicity is not to be derived from external possessions, but from wisdom, which consists in the knowledge and practice of virtue; that the cultivation of virtuous manners is necessarily attended with pleasure as well as profit; that the honest man alone is happy; and that it is absurd to attempt to separate things which are in nature so closely united as virtue and interest.

Absurd | Cultivation | Happy | Knowledge | Man | Manners | Nature | Pleasure | Possessions | Practice | Virtue | Virtue | Wisdom |

Benjamin Franklin

Who pleasure gives, shall joy receive.

Joy | Pleasure | Receive | Wisdom |

Betty Friedan

American housewives have not had their brains shot away, nor are they schizophrenic in the clinical sense. But if... the fundamental human drive is not the urge for pleasure or the satisfaction of biological needs, but the need to grow and realize one’s full potential, their comfortable, empty, purposeless days are indeed cause for a nameless terror.

Cause | Need | Pleasure | Sense | Terror | Wisdom |

Julius Charles Hare (1795-1855) and his brother Augustus William Hare

I have ever gained the most profit, and the most pleasure also, from the books which have made me think the most: and, when the difficulties have once been overcome, these are the books which have struck the deepest root, not only in my memory and understanding, but likewise in my affections.

Books | Memory | Pleasure | Understanding | Wisdom | Think |

Arthur Sherburne Hardy

Happiness is the legitimate fruitage of love and service. Set happiness before you as an end, no matter in what guise of wealth, or fame, or oblivion even, and you will not attain it. But renounce it and seek the pleasure of God, and that instant is the birth of your own.

Birth | Fame | God | Love | Oblivion | Pleasure | Service | Wealth | Will | Wisdom | Happiness |

Philip G. Hamerton, fully Philip Gilbert Hamerton

As there is no pleasure in military life for a soldier who fears death, so there is no independence in civil existence for the an who has an overpowering dread of solitude.

Death | Dread | Existence | Life | Life | Pleasure | Solitude | Wisdom |