Great Throughts Treasury

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Hugh Blair

Action, so to speak, is the genius of nature.

Action | Character | Genius | Nature |

Yitzchok Blauser, aka Reb Itzelle Peterburger

What difference does it make if this person is or is not aware of what I know?

Character |

Samuel Egerton Brydges

I have observed that vulgar readers almost always lose their veneration for the writings of the genius with whom they have had personal intercourse.

Character | Genius |

James Boswell

True great genius is always accompanied with good sense.

Character | Genius | Good | Sense |

Seymour Cohen, fully Seymour Jay Cohen

A modern commentator made the observation that there re those who seek knowledge about everything and understand nothing. It is wonder - not mere curiosity - a sense of enchantment, of respect for the mysteries of love for the other, that is essential to the difference between a knowing that is simply a gathering of information and techniques and a knowing that seeks insight and understanding. It is wonder that reveals how intimate is the relationship between knowledge of the other and knowledge of the self, between inwardness and outwardness.

Character | Curiosity | Insight | Knowing | Knowledge | Love | Nothing | Observation | Relationship | Respect | Self | Sense | Understanding | Wonder | Respect | Understand |

Calvin Coolidge, fully John Calvin Coolidge, Jr.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Character | Determination | Education | Genius | Men | Nothing | Persistence | Will | World | Talent |

Pierre Charron

Whatever difference there may appear to be in men’s fortunes, there is still a certain compensation of good and ill in all, that makes them equal.

Character | Compensation | Good | Men |

Madame Deluzy, Luzy Dorothee

There is but one book for genius - nature.

Character | Genius | Nature |

Benjamin Franklin

There is much difference between imitating a good man, and counterfeiting him.

Character | Good | Man |

Julius Charles Hare (1795-1855) and his brother Augustus William Hare

Heroism is the self-devotion of genius manifesting itself in action.

Action | Character | Devotion | Genius | Self |

Julius Charles Hare (1795-1855) and his brother Augustus William Hare

Heroism is active genius; genius, contemplative heroism. Heroism is the self-devotion of genius manifesting itself in action.

Action | Character | Devotion | Genius | Self |

William James

We are ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.

Cause | Character | Choice | Good | Man |

Victor Hugo

Inspiration and genius - one and the same.

Character | Genius | Inspiration | Wisdom |

David Hume

The only difference betwixt the natural vices and justice lies in this, that the good, which results from the former, arises from every single act, and is the object of some natural passion: whereas a single act of justice, consider’d in itself, may often be contrary to the public good; and ‘tis only the concurrence of mankind, in a general scheme or system of action, which is advantageous.

Action | Character | Good | Justice | Mankind | Object | Passion | Public | System |

David Hume

The spirit of the people must frequently be roused, in order to curb the ambition of the court; and the dread of rousing this spirit must be employed to prevent that ambition. Nothing so effectual to this purpose as the liberty of the press; by which all the learning, wit, and genius of the nation, may be employed on the side of freedom, and every one be animated to its defense.

Ambition | Character | Defense | Dread | Freedom | Genius | Learning | Liberty | Nothing | Order | People | Purpose | Purpose | Spirit | Wit | Ambition |

David Hume

Curiosity, or the love of knowledge, has a very limited influence, and requires youth, leisure, education, genius and example to make it govern any person.

Character | Curiosity | Education | Example | Genius | Influence | Knowledge | Leisure | Love | Youth | Govern |

William James

In the practical use of our intellect, forgetting is as important as remembering... A great many people think they are thinking when they are rearranging their prejudices... the difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of cause.

Cause | Character | Choice | Good | Important | Man | People | Thinking | Think |