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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Nikolai Lenin, aka Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, born Vladimir llyich Ulyanov

Even if for every hundred correct things we did we committed ten thousand mistakes, our revolution would still be - and it will be in the judgment of history - great and invincible; for this is the first time that not a minority, not the rich alone, not the educated alone, but the real masses, the overwhelming majority of the working people are themselves building a new life and are by their own experience solving the most difficult problems of socialist organization.

Experience | History | Judgment | Life | Life | Majority | Organization | People | Problems | Revolution | Time | Will | Wisdom |

Imre Lakatos

Philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind.

History | Philosophy | Science | Wisdom |

Karl Marx (1818-1883) German Philosopher, Socialist and Friedrich Engels

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

History | Society | Wisdom | Society |

Karl Marx (1818-1883) German Philosopher, Socialist and Friedrich Engels

The distinguishing feature of Communism is not the abolition of property generally, but the abolition of bourgeois property. By modern bourgeois private property is the final and most complete expression of the system of producing and appropriating products that is based on class antagonisms, on the exploitation of the many by the few.

Property | System | Wisdom |

Jacques Maritain

At each epoch of history the world was in a hopeless state, and at each epoch of history the world muddled through; at each epoch the world was lost, and at each epoch it was saved.

History | Wisdom | World |

Newton Minow, fully Newton Norman Minow

Ours has been called the jet age, the atomic age, the space age. It is also, I submit, the television age. And just as history will decide whether the leaders of today’s world employed the atom to destroy the world or rebuild it for mankind’s benefit, so will history decide whether today’s broadcasters employed their powerful voice to enrich the people or debase them.

Age | Destroy | History | Mankind | People | Space | Television | Will | Wisdom | World |

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, aka "Pat"

Liberty and Equality are the twin ideals of American democracy. But they are not the same thing... Many person who would gladly die for liberty are appalled by equality. Many who are devoted to equality are puzzled and even troubled by liberty. Much of the political history of the American nation can be seen as a competition between these two ideals.

Competition | Democracy | Equality | History | Ideals | Liberty | Wisdom |

Samuel Eliot Morison

America was discovered accidentally by a great seaman who was looking for something else; when discovered it was not wanted; and most of the exploration for the next fifty years was done in the hope of getting through or around it. America was named after a man who discovered no part of the New World. History is like that, very chancy.

History | Hope | Man | Wisdom | World |

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, aka "Pat"

The United States in the 1980s may be the first society in history in which children are distinctly worse off than adults.

Children | History | Society | Wisdom | Society |

H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

There is no record in history of a nation that ever gained anything valuable by being unable to defend itself.

History | Wisdom |

Joseph Parker

The whole sum and substance of human history may be reduced to this maxim: that when man departs from the divine means of reaching the divine end, he suffers harm and loss.

Harm | History | Man | Means | Wisdom |

Babe Paley, fully Barbara Cushing "Babe" Mortimer Paley

What is public history but a register of the successes and disappointments, the vices, the follies and the quarrels of those who engage in contention for power.

Contention | History | Power | Public | Wisdom |

Richard Reeves

A lot of history is just dirty politics cleaned up for the consumption of children and other innocents.

Children | Dirty | History | Politics | Wisdom |

Russell Schweikart, fully Russell Louis "Rusty" Schweickart aka Schweikart

[The earth] is so small and so fragile and such a precious little spot in that universe that you can block it out with your thumb, and you realize that on that small spot, that little blue and white thing, is everything that means anything to you - all of history and music and poetry and art and death and birth and love.

Art | Birth | Death | Earth | History | Little | Love | Means | Music | Poetry | Universe | Wisdom | Art |

Leon Samson

Revolution is a transfer of property from class to class.

Property | Revolution | Wisdom |

Franz Rosenzweig

A people's entry into universal history is marked by the moment at which it makes the bible its own in a translation.

Bible | History | People | Wisdom | Bible |

Albert Schweitzer

One truth stands firm. All that happens in the world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history.

History | Truth | Wisdom | World |

Charles P. Steinmetz, fully Charles Proteus Steinmetz, born Karl August Rudolf Steinmetz

Spiritual power is a force which history clearly teaches has been the greatest force in the development of men... Some day people will learn that material things do not bring happiness, and are of little use in making people creative and powerful. Then the scientists of the world will turn their laboratories over to the study of spiritual forces which have hardly been scratched.

Day | Force | History | Little | Men | People | Power | Study | Will | Wisdom | World | Learn |