Great Throughts Treasury

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Cyrus Augustus Bartol

Good manners and good morals are sworn friends and fast allies.

Good | Manners | Wisdom | Friends |

Albert Barnes

When we come to die, we shall be alone. From our worldly possessions we shall be about to part. Worldly friends - the friends drawn to us by our position, our wealth, or our social qualities, will leave us as we enter the dark valley. From those bound to us by stronger ties - our kindred, our loved ones, children, brothers, sister, and from those not less dear to us who have been made our friends because they and we are the friends of the same Savior - from them also we must part. Yet not all will leave us. There is One who “sticketh closer than a brother” - One who having loved His own which are in the world loves them to the end.

Children | Position | Possessions | Qualities | Wealth | Will | Wisdom | World | Friends |

George Bancroft

So grasping is dishonesty, that it is no respecter of persons; it will cheat friends as well as foes; and were it possible, would cheat even God Himself.

Dishonesty | God | Will | Wisdom | God | Friends |

William Bliss Carman

To be contented is to be good friends with yourself.

Good | Wisdom | Friends |

Jean-Henri Merle d'Aubigné

Free inquiry, if restrained within due bounds, and applied to proper subjects, is a most important privilege of the human mind; and if well conducted, is one of the greatest friends to truth. But when reason knows neither its office nor its limits, and when employed on subjects foreign to its jurisdiction, it then becomes a privilege dangerous to be exercised.

Important | Inquiry | Mind | Office | Reason | Truth | Wisdom | Friends | Privilege |

Charles W. Eliot

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends and the most patient of teachers.

Books | Wisdom | Friends |

Diogenes Laërtius, aka "Diogenes the Cynic"

As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs to be supplied with good friends or ardent enemies, for the former instruct him and the latter take him to task.

Good | Man | Self | Self-preservation | Wisdom | Friends |

Joseph Farrell, fully Joseph Patrick Farrell

Take it for granted that the greater your achievement the more genuine will be the surprise of your friends and neighbors.

Achievement | Will | Wisdom | Friends |

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is better to be deceived by one's friends than to deceive them.

Better | Wisdom | Friends |

Edvard Grieg, fully Edvard Hagerup Grieg

It is great to have friends when one is young, but indeed it is still more so when you are getting old. When we are young, friends are, like everything else, a matter of course. In the old days we know what it means to have them.

Means | Wisdom | Friends | Old |

J. B. S. Haldane, fully John Burdon Sanderson Haldane

The making of friends who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life.

Life | Life | Man | Success | Wisdom | Friends |

Robert Ernest Hume

The Golden Rule exists in each of the world's major religions... Hinduism: Do naught to others which, if done to thee, would cause thee pain: this is the sum of duty. Buddhism: A clansman [should] minister to his friends and familiars... by treating them as he treats himself. Confucianism: The Master replied: "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do unto others." Taoism: To those who are good to me, I am good; and to those who are not good to me, I am also good. And thus all get to be good. To those who are sincere with me, I am sincere; and to those who are not sincere with me, I am also sincere. And thus all get to be sincere. Zorastrianism: Whatever thou dost not approve for thyself, do not approve for anyone else. When thou hast acted in this manner, thou art righteous. Judaism: Take heed to thyself, my child, in all thy works; and be discreet in all thy behavior. And what thou thyself hatest, do to no man. Christianity: All things therefore whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, even so do ye also unto them. Greek Philosophy: Do not do to others what you would not wish to suffer yourself. Treat your friends as you would want them to treat you.

Art | Behavior | Cause | Duty | Golden Rule | Good | Man | Men | Pain | Philosophy | Rule | Wisdom | World | Art | Golden Rule | Friends |

William De Witt Hyde

Education: To be at home in all lands and ages; to count Nature as a familiar acquaintance and Art an intimate friend; to gain a standard for the appreciation of other men's work and the criticism of one's own; to carry the keys of the world's library in one's pocket, and feel its resources behind one in whatever task he undertakes; to make hosts of friends among the men of one's own age who are the leaders in all walks of life; to lose oneself in general enthusiasms and co-operate with others for common ends.

Acquaintance | Age | Appreciation | Art | Criticism | Education | Ends | Friend | Life | Life | Men | Nature | Wisdom | Work | World | Appreciation | Art | Friends |

Paul de Kock, fully Charles Paul de Cock

The best way to keep friends is never to owe them anything and never lend them anything.

Wisdom | Friends |

Johann Kaspar Lavater

You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.

Better | Good | Wisdom | Friends |

Judah Lazerov, fully Judah Leib Lazerov

By your friends I gauge your wealth; by your enemies, your greatness.

Greatness | Wealth | Wisdom | Friends |

Ludwig Lewisohn

Liberty is a living thing that passes from one generation to the next... The greatest enemy of a living thing is not its enemies but its friends who wish to cling to its antiquated form.

Enemy | Liberty | Wisdom | Friends |