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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Garrison Keillor, fully Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor

Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend.

Character | Doubt | Heart | Imagination | Mind | Mistrust | Panic | Will |

Christian Nestell Bovee

A panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a gong over to the enemy, of our imagination.

Enemy | Imagination | Panic | Wisdom |

Antoine de Rivarol, also known as Comte de Rivarol

A panic is the stampede of our self-possession.

Panic | Self | Wisdom |

Julian Baggini

Whatever it is that we value in life – relationships, creativity, learning, aesthetic experience, food, sex, travel – the call to seize the day is the call to appreciate these things while we can and not to put them off indefinitely. Some things require work and time, and often the best choice is not to do today everything you want to do before you die. The true spirit of carpe diem is not to panic and try to do everything now, but to make sure every day counts. The wisdom of carpe diem is that time is short, this is the only life we have and we should not squander it.

Aesthetic | Choice | Creativity | Day | Experience | Learning | Life | Life | Panic | Spirit | Time | Wisdom | Work | Value |

Leonard W. Doob, fully Leonard William Doob

For Goebbels, anxiety was a double-edged sword: too much anxiety could produce panic and demoralization, too little could lead to complacency and inactivity. An attempt was constantly made, therefore, to achieve a balance between the two extremes.

Anxiety | Anxiety | Balance | Complacency | Inactivity | Little | Panic |

Aldous Leonard Huxley

To be a member of a crowd is an experience closely akin to alcoholic intoxication. Most human beings feel a craving to escape from the cramping limitations of their ego, to take periodical holidays from their all too familiar, all to squalid little selves. As they do not know how to travel upwards from personality into a region of super-personality and as they are unwilling, even if they do know, to fulfill the ethical, psychological and physiological conditions of self-transcendence, they turn naturally to the descending road, the road that leads down from personality to the darkness of subhuman emotionalism and panic animality.

Darkness | Ego | Experience | Little | Panic | Personality | Self |

C. Wright Mills, fully Charles Wright Mills

The [advertiser’s] formula is: to make people ashamed of last year’s model; to hook up self-esteem itself with the purchasing of this year’s; to create a panic for status, and hence a panic of self-evaluation, and to connect its relief with the consumption of specified commodities.

Esteem | Model | Panic | People | Self | Self-esteem |

F. L. Lucas, fully Frank Laurence "F. L." Lucas

The only hope I can see for the future depends on a wiser and braver use of the reason, not a panic flight from it.

Future | Hope | Panic |

John Steinbeck, fully John Ernst Steinbeck

When a child first catches adults out -- when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just -- his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child's world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing.

Grave | Little | Panic | Thinking | World | Child |

Marie Curie, fully Marie Skłodowska-Curie, originally Manya Sklodowska

Ignoring the possibility of personal involvement is the first step to panic and tragedy.

Panic |

Michelangelo Antonioni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce

We are saddled with a culture that hasn't advanced as far as science. Scientific man is already on the moon, and yet we are still living with the moral concepts of Homer. Hence this upset, this disequilibrium that makes weaker people anxious and apprehensive, that makes it so difficult for them to adapt to the mechanism of modern life. ... We live in a society that compels us to go on using these concepts, and we no longer know what they mean. In the future — not soon, perhaps by the twenty-fifth century — these concepts will have lost their relevance. I can never understand how we have been able to follow these worn-out tracks, which have been laid down by panic in the face of nature. When man becomes reconciled to nature, when space becomes his true background, these words and concepts will have lost their meaning, and we will no longer have to use them.

Culture | Future | Man | Panic | People | Society | Space | Will | Words | Society | Understand |

Red Skelton, fully Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton

Today's comics use four-letter words as a shortcut to thinking. They're shooting for that big laugh and it becomes a panic thing, using four-letter words to shock people.

Panic | Words |

Richard Powers

We're entering a whole new era now. America has suffered a terrorist attack of historic proportions, and now we're going to go after the perpetrators. Cyber-attacks may be inevitable... Physical and cyber-attacks in conjunction could cause panic across a whole economic sector.

Cause | Era | Panic |

Saint Vincent de Paul

If you say that a good reputation serves to benefit the neighbor more, I admit that. However, since it should be based on a good life, it is, therefore, preserved by the practice of virtue and not by human intrigue.

Evil | God | Panic | Will | God |