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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R. L. Bruckberger, fully Raymond Léopold Bruckberger

If the Day of Judgment came tomorrow, and God asked us what we had made of His revelation, of His grace and our freedom… we would be hard put to it to explain the advantages of a machine civilization whose highest efficiency is used for murder and slavery.

Civilization | Day | Efficiency | Freedom | God | Grace | Judgment | Murder | Revelation | Slavery | Tomorrow | God | Murder |

Christopher Henry Dawson

The great moral reformers have usually found the greatest opposition not in the “immoral” and impulsive individual, but in the regularly constituted organs of social authority and law.

Authority | Individual | Law | Opposition |

Dandemis NULL

Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.

Judgment | Wrong |

Carl von Clausewitz, fully Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz, also Karl von Clausewitz

Courage is of two kinds: first, physical courage, or courage in the presence of danger to the person; and next, moral courage, or courage before responsibility, whether it be before the judgment seat of external authority, or of the inner power, the conscience.

Authority | Conscience | Courage | Danger | Judgment | Power | Responsibility | Danger |

Eric D’Arcy, fully Joseph Eric D'Arcy

A person who holds for the moral authority of conscience will also hold for the individual’s freedom to follow his conscience without interference from the State.

Authority | Conscience | Freedom | Individual | Will |

Erich Fromm, fully Erich Seligmann Fromm

Power on the one side, fear on the other, are always the buttresses on which irrational authority is built.

Authority | Fear | Power |

Erich Fromm, fully Erich Seligmann Fromm

The respect due the authority carries with it the taboo on questioning it.

Authority | Respect | Respect |

P. T. Forsyth, fully Peter Taylor Forsyth

War is the greatest of all the awful and complex moral situations of the world - second only to the final judgment day… It is a moral pestilence. It is wrong on both sides.

Day | Judgment | War | World | Wrong |

Emmet Fox

In the Bible the word “wicked” really means “bewitched” or “under a spell.” The Judgment is not a great trial to take place at the end of time; it is a process that goes on every day.

Bible | Day | Judgment | Means | Time | Trial | Bible |

Benjamin Franklin

One’s true happiness depends more upon one’s own judgment of one’s self, or a consciousness of rectitude in action and intention, and the approbation of those few, who judge impartially, than upon the applause of the unthinking, undiscerning multitude, who are apt to cry Hosanna today, and tomorrow, Crucify him.

Action | Applause | Consciousness | Intention | Judgment | Self | Tomorrow | Happiness |

Erich Fromm, fully Erich Seligmann Fromm

In our effort to escape from aloneness and powerlessness, we are ready to get rid of our individual self either by submission to new forms of authority or by a compulsive conforming to accepted patterns.

Authority | Effort | Individual | Self | Submission |

Sigmund Freud, born Sigismund Schlomo Freud

One instance of the innate and ineradicable inequality of men is their tendency to fall into two classes of leaders and followers. The latter constitute the vast majority; they stand in need of an authority which will make decisions for them and to which they for the most part offer an unqualified submission. This suggests that more care should be taken than hitherto to educate an upper stratum of men with independent minds, not open to intimidation and eager in the pursuit of truth, whose business it would be to give direction to the dependent masses.

Authority | Business | Care | Inequality | Intimidation | Majority | Men | Need | Submission | Truth | Will | Business |

Ellen Goodman

We are at ease with a moral judgment made against someone’s private sin - lust or greed. We are much less comfortable judging someone’s public ethic - those decisions that can lead to such outcomes as aggression, the abuse of the environment, the neglect of the needy.

Abuse | Aggression | Greed | Judgment | Lust | Neglect | Public | Sin |

David R. Hawkins, fully David Ramon Hawkins

There is no inherent authority of `truth’ to any concept except for the subjective value ascribed to it. Credibility is a subjective decision and purely experiential and indefinable. What is convincing to one person may be dismissed as nonsense by another. The realization and knowingness of God is radically and purely subjective. There is not even the hypothetical possibility that reason could arrive at Truth. Truth is knowable only by virtue of the identity of being it.

Authority | Decision | God | Nonsense | Reason | Truth | Virtue | Virtue | God | Value |

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Religion declined not because it was refuted but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion – its message becomes meaningless.

Authority | Compassion | Creed | Discipline | Faith | Habit | Love | Past | Religion | Worship | Crisis |

Emmet John Hughes

He must summon his people to be with him – yet stand above, not squat beside them. He must question his own wisdom and judgment – but not too severely. He must hear the opinions and heed the powers of others – but not too abjectly. He must appease the doubts of his critic and assuage the hurts of the adversary – sometimes. He must ignore their views and achieve their defeat – sometimes… He must respect action – without becoming intoxicated with his own. He must have a sense of purpose inspiring him to magnify the trivial event to serve his distant aim – and to grasp the thorniest crisis as if it were the merest nettle. He must be pragmatic, calculating, and earthbound – and still know when to spurn the arithmetic of expediency for the act of brave imagination, the sublime gamble with no hope other than the boldness of his vision

Action | Boldness | Critic | Defeat | Hope | Imagination | Judgment | People | Purpose | Purpose | Question | Respect | Sense | Vision | Wisdom | Respect | Crisis |

David Hume

Belief consists not in the nature and order of our ideas, but in the manner of their conception, and in their feeling to the mind... something felt by the mind, which distinguishes the ideas of the judgment from the fictions of the imagination.

Belief | Ideas | Imagination | Judgment | Mind | Nature | Order |

Bertrand de Jouvenel, fully Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins

Ever increase of state authority must involve an immediate diminution of the liberty of each citizen.

Authority | Liberty |