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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Josef Matthias Hauer

The man who listens is from the outset a spiritual being compared with the person who merely speaks, sees, and grasps. Hearing and taking in are spiritual activities: hearing the unchangeable, the untouchable, the incomprehensible, the constant, the eternal within the Melos. Only someone who listens can also recognize, interpret, think, speak, apprehend and comprehend.

Character | Eternal | Man | Wisdom |

Jonathan Swift, pen names, M.B. Drapier, Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff

The only benefit of flattery is that by hearing what we are not, we may be instructed what we ought to be.

Character | Flattery |

John Angell James

Let us never forget that, to be profited, that is, to be spiritually improved in knowledge, faith, holiness, joy and love, is the end of hearing sermons, and not merely to have our taste gratified by genius, eloquence and oratory.

Faith | Genius | Joy | Knowledge | Love | Oratory | Taste | Wisdom |

Groucho Marx, Pseudonym for Julius Henry Marx

One of the best hearing aids a man can have is an attentive wife.

Man | Wife | Wisdom |

Samuel Butler

People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.

People | Religion |

Samuel Butler

Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.

Fear |

Dhammapada NULL

Faith is wealth! Obedience is wealth! Modesty also is wealth! Hearing is wealth, and so is Charity! Wisdom is sevenfold riches.

Charity | Faith | Modesty | Obedience | Riches | Wealth | Wisdom |

Robbie Gass

Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it.

Ability | Wisdom |

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

It is not [a child’s] hearing of the word, but its accompanying intonation that is understood.

Child |

Aristotle NULL

The blind are more understanding than the deaf because hearing exerts a direct influence on the formation of moral character, which is not immediately true of what is seen. The human soul can also become diffused by way of the eye whereas what is heard results in focus and concentration.

Character | Focus | Influence | Soul | Understanding |

Ben Sira

Be swift in hearing but slow in replying.

Confucius, aka Kong Qiu, Zhongni, K'ung Fu-tzu or Kong Fuzi NULL

Cultivate unity. You do your hearing, not with your ears, but with your mind; not with your mind, but with your very soul. But let the hearing stop with the ears. Let the working of the mind stop with itself. Then the soul will be a negative existence, passively responsive to externals. In such a negative existence, only Tao can abide. And the negative state is the fasting of the heart.

Existence | Heart | Mind | Soul | Unity | Will |

Chuang Tzu, also spelled Chuang-tsze, Chuang Chou, Zhuangzi, Zhuang Tze, Zhuang Zhou, Chuang Tsu, Chouang-Dsi, Chuang Tse, or Chuangtze

Perfection of hearing is not hearing others, but oneself. Perfection of vision is not seeing others, but oneself.

Perfection | Vision |

François Rabelais

I never sleep in comfort save when I am hearing a sermon or praying to God.

Comfort | God |

Hosea Ballou

Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken in the hearing of little children tends toward the formation of character. Let parents always bear this in mind.

Character | Children | Education | Little | Mind | Mother | Parents |

Hugh Prather

Fear is static that prevents me from hearing my intuition.

Fear | Intuition |