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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Arthur Sherburne Hardy

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 you own.

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

Edith Hamilton

But it is not hard work which is dreary; it is superficial work. That is always boring in the long run, and it has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is ever laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought - that is to be educated.

Education | Life | Life | Little | Pleasure | Thought | Wisdom | Work | World | Thought |

Victor Hugo

Happiness is a thing of gravity. It seeks for hearts of bronze, and carves itself there slowly; pleasure startles it away by tossing flowers to it. Joy's smile is much more close to tears than it is to laughter.

Joy | Laughter | Pleasure | Smile | Tears | Wisdom |

Washington Irving

How easy it is for one benevolent being to diffuse pleasure around him; and how truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity to freshen into smiles!

Heart | Pleasure | Wisdom |

Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus NULL

The chief pleasure (in eating) does not consist in costly seasoning or exquisite flavor, but in yourself. Do you seek for sauce by sweating.

Pleasure | Wisdom |

Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus NULL

Those who are unacquainted with the world take pleasure in the intimacy of great men; those who are wiser dread the consequences.

Consequences | Dread | Men | Pleasure | Wisdom | World |

Sol Hurok, fully Solomon Isiaevich Hurok; born Solomon Izrailevich Gurkov

Get pleasure out of life... as much as you can. No one ever died from pleasure.

Life | Life | Pleasure | Wisdom |

Letitia Elizabeth Landon

What is life? A gulf of troubled waters, where the soul, like a vexed bark, is tossed upon the waves of pain and pleasure by the wavering breath of passions.

Life | Life | Pain | Pleasure | Soul | Wavering | Wisdom |

Charles Lamb

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.

Accident | Action | Good | Pleasure | Wisdom |

John Locke

God has scattered several degrees of pleasure and pain in all the things that environ and affect us, and blended them together in almost all our thoughts.

God | Pain | Pleasure | Wisdom |

Marya Mannes

Good-fellowship, unflagging, is the prime requisite for success in our society, and the man or woman who smiles only for reasons of humor or pleasure is a deviate.

Good | Humor | Man | Pleasure | Society | Success | Wisdom | Woman |

Lucretius, fully Titus Lucretius Carus NULL

The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied... but no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth.

Little | Mind | Pleasure | Truth | Wealth | Wisdom |

Ramon Llul, aka Raymond Lully, Raymond Lull, Raimundus, Raymundus Lullus or Lullius

Between hope and fear, love makes her home. She lives on thought, and then she is forgotten, dies. So unlike the pleasure of this world are their foundations.

Fear | Hope | Love | Pleasure | Thought | Wisdom | World |

Martial, full name Marcus Valarius Martialis NULL

Of no day can the retrospect cause pain to a good man, nor has one passed away which he is unwilling to remember: the period of his life seems prolonged by his good acts; and we may be said to live twice, when we can reflect with pleasure on the days that are gone.

Cause | Day | Good | Life | Life | Man | Pain | Pleasure | Wisdom |

William (Morley Punshon) McFee

It may be that, while we plodding realists go on, for ever preoccupied with our daily chores, abstracting a microscopic pleasure from each microscopic duty, your true romantic has the truer vision, and beholds, afar off, in all its lurid splendour and terrible proportions, the piquant adventure we call life.

Adventure | Duty | Life | Life | Pleasure | Vision | Wisdom |

Alfred Mercier

What we learn with pleasure we never forget.

Pleasure | Wisdom | Learn |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Satiety comes of too frequent repetition; and he who will not give himself leisure to be thirsty can never find the true pleasure of drinking.

Leisure | Pleasure | Satiety | Will | Wisdom |