Great Throughts Treasury

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Gretta Palmer

Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.

Character | Effort | Happy | Wisdom |

Alexander Smith

When a men is happy, every effort to express his happiness mars its completeness.

Character | Effort | Happy | Men | Happiness |

Apocrypha NULL

What is the grossest form of neglect? If a man does not... devote every effort toward the education of his children.

Children | Education | Effort | Man | Neglect | Wisdom |

Yukteswar, fully Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, born Priyanath Karar NULL

Human conduct is ever unreliable until man is anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.

Character | Conduct | Effort | Future | Man | Will |

Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl of Bewdley

Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.

Effort | Enthusiasm | Labor | Men | Wisdom | Work |

Henri Bergson, aka Henri-Louis Bergson

All life, animal and vegetable, seems in its essence like an effort to accumulate energy and then to let it flow into flexible channels, changeable in shape, at the end of which it will accomplish infinitely varied kinds of work. That is what the vital impetus, passing through matter, would fain do all at once. It would succeed, no doubt, if its power were unlimited, or if some reinforcement could come to it from without. But the impetus is finite, and it has been given once for all. It cannot overcome all obstacles. The movement it starts is sometimes turned aside, sometimes divided, always opposed; and the evolution of the organized world is the unrolling of this conflict.

Doubt | Effort | Energy | Evolution | Life | Life | Power | Will | Wisdom | Work | World |

Ludwig Börne, fully Karl Ludwig Börne

Humor is a gift not of the mind, but of the heart.

Heart | Humor | Mind | Wisdom |

Claude M. Bristol

It is the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.

Effort | Wisdom |

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, fully Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, Lord Lytton

Art is the effort of man to express the ideas which nature suggests to him of a power above nature, whether that power be within the recesses of his own being, or in the Great First Cause of which nature, like himself, is but the effect.

Art | Cause | Effort | Ideas | Man | Nature | Power | Wisdom |

Phillips Brooks

To say, "well done" to any bit of good work is to take hold of the powers which have made the effort and strengthen them beyond our knowledge.

Effort | Good | Knowledge | Wisdom | Work |

J. E. Boodin

There is the laughter which is born out of the pure joy of living, the spontaneous expression of health and energy - the secret laughter of the child. This is a gift of God. There is the warm laughter of the kindly soul which heartens the discouraged, gives health to the sick and comfort to the dying... There is, above all, the laughter that comes from the eternal joy of creation, the joy of making the world new, the joy of expressing the inner riches of the soul - laughter that triumphs over pain and hardship in the passion for an enduring ideal, the joy of bringing the light of happiness, of truth and beauty into a dark world. This is divine laughter par excellence.

Beauty | Comfort | Energy | Eternal | Excellence | God | Health | Joy | Laughter | Light | Pain | Passion | Riches | Soul | Truth | Wisdom | World | Riches | Hardship | Beauty |

Christian Nestell Bovee

He presents me with what is always an acceptable gift who brings me news of a great thought before unknown. He enriches me without impoverishing himself.

News | Thought | Wisdom | Thought |

Christian Nestell Bovee

Wit must be without effort. Wit is play, not work; a nimbleness of the fancy, not a laborious effort of the will; a license, a holiday, a carnival of thought and feeling, not a trifling with speech, a constraint upon language, a duress upon words.

Constraint | Effort | Language | Play | Speech | Thought | Will | Wisdom | Wit | Words | Work | Thought |

Jean de La Bruyère

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.

Conversation | Wisdom |

Edmond Cahn, fully Edmond Nathaniel Cahn

Freedom is not free. Shaping and preserving society necessarily involves personal commitment, costly risk and constant effort; the cultivation of civil liberty can be no more passive than the cultivation of a farm. A man can inherit the land on which he lives, he can even inherit the first crop of produce after he takes over from those who came before him. But then if he stops, everything stops, and begins to crumble. Nothing grows, nothing ripe and rewarding comes to him, unless he plows, plants and tends the soil and unless he keeps it fertile year after year with the chemistry of effort and forethought.

Commitment | Cultivation | Effort | Forethought | Freedom | Land | Liberty | Man | Nothing | Risk | Society | Wisdom | Society |

Joseph Conrad, born Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski

The artist (in literature) appeals to that part of our being which is not dependent on wisdom; to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition - and, therefore, more permanently enduring. He speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain.

Beauty | Capacity | Literature | Mystery | Pain | Pity | Sense | Wisdom | Wonder |

G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Hope is the last gift given to man, and the only gift not given to youth. Youth is pre-eminently the period in which a man can be lyric, fanatical, poetic; but youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged.

Hope | Inspiration | Knowledge | Man | Power | Soul | Wisdom | World | Youth | Youth |