Great Throughts Treasury

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John Tillotson, Archbishop of Canterbury

He who is sincere has the easiest task in the world, for, truth being always consistent with itself, he is put to no trouble about his words and actions; it is like traveling on a plain road, which is sure to bring you to your journey's end better than byways in which many lose themselves.

Better | Character | Journey | Truth | Words | World | Trouble |

Alexander Ziskind Maimon

The only way to do good deeds without being motivated by the need for approval from others is to reach the level of considering praise and insults equal.

Character | Deeds | Good | Need | Praise | Deeds | Approval |

Berthold Auerbach

What people will say - in these words there lies the tyranny of the world, the whole destruction of our natural disposition, the oblique vision of our minds. These four words bear sway everywhere.

People | Tyranny | Vision | Will | Wisdom | Words | World |

Elizabeth Anscombe, fully Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret "G. E. M." Anscombe

You cannot take any performance (even an interior performance) as itself an act of intention; for if you describe a performance, the fact that it has taken place is not a proof of intention; words for example may occur in somebody’s mind without his meaning them. so intention is never a performance in the mind, though in some matters a performance in the mind which is seriously meant may make a difference to the correct account of the man’s action - e.g., in embracing someone. But the matters in question are necessarily ones in which outward acts are ‘significant’ in some way.

Action | Example | Intention | Man | Meaning | Mind | Question | Wisdom | Words |

John Greenleaf Whittier

For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: "It might have been."

Character | Words |

Antisthenes NULL

The investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of education.

Beginning | Education | Meaning | Wisdom | Words |

Vicksburg Whig, also called Vicksburg Weekly Whig, Weekly Whig

With temper calm and mild, and words of soften’d tone, he overthrows his neighbor’s cause and justifies his own.

Cause | Character | Temper | Words |

Hans Christian Anderson

Where words fail, music speaks.

Music | Wisdom | Words |

Elazar ben Azariah, alt. spelling Eleazar

Some of a man's praise may be sung in his presence, all of it in his absence.

Absence | Man | Praise | Wisdom |

L. S. Barksdale

Praise is especially destructive to children, for they readily grasp the fact that praise is based on identification with their actions. Thus, they automatically blame themselves every time they make a mistake. This is the beginning of their lack of Self-Esteem.

Beginning | Blame | Children | Esteem | Mistake | Praise | Self | Self-esteem | Time | Wisdom |

Clarence Edward Barnfield

Vocabulary is an index to a civilization, and ours is a disturbed one. That's why so many of the new words deal with war, violence, drugs, racism, and not so many with peace and prosperity.

Civilization | Peace | Prosperity | War | Wisdom | Words |

Babylonian Talmud

No man shall be held responsible for words uttered in affliction.

Affliction | Man | Wisdom | Words |

James Beattie

How sweet the words of truth breathed from the lips of love!

Love | Truth | Wisdom | Words |