Great Throughts Treasury

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Niels Bohr, fully Aage Niels Bohr

One of the favorite maxims of my father was the distinction between the two sorts of truths, profound truths recognized by the fact that the opposite is also a profound truth, in contrast to trivialities where opposites are obviously absurd.

Absurd | Contrast | Distinction | Father | Maxims | Truth | Wisdom | Truths |

Tyron Edwards

Always have a book at hand, in the parlor, on the table, for the family; a book of condensed thought and striking anecdote, of sound maxims and truthful apothegms. It will impress on your mind a thousand valuable suggestions, and teach your children lessons of truth and duty. Such a book is a casket of jewels for your household.

Apothegms | Children | Duty | Family | Maxims | Mind | Sound | Teach | Thought | Truth | Will | Wisdom | Thought |

Richard Whately

Ethical maxims are bandied about as a sort of current coin of discourse, and, being never melted down for use, those that are of base metal are never detected.

Maxims | Wisdom |

William James

It is only in the lonely emergencies of life that our creed is tested: then routine maxims fail, and we fall back on our gods.

Creed | Life | Life | Maxims |

Henry Ward Beecher

Poverty is very good in poems, but it is very bad in a house. It is very good in maxims and in sermons, but it is very bad in practical life.

Good | Life | Life | Maxims | Poverty |

John Stuart Mill

Justice is a name for certain moral requirements, which, regarded collectively, stand higher in the scale of social utility, and are therefore of more paramount obligation, than any others; though particular cases may occur in which some other social duty is so important, as to overrule any one of the general maxims of justice. Thus, to save a life, it may not only be allowable, but a duty, to steal, or take by force, the necessary food or medicine, or to kidnap, and compel to officiate, the only qualified medical practitioner. In such cases, as we do not call anything justice which is not a virtue, we usually say, not that justice must give way to some other moral principle, but that what is just in ordinary case is, by reason of that other principle, not just in the particular case. By this useful accommodation of language, the character of indefeasibility attributed to justice is kept up, and we are saved from the necessity of maintaining that there can be laudable injustice.

Character | Duty | Force | Important | Injustice | Injustice | Justice | Language | Life | Life | Maxims | Necessity | Obligation | Reason | Virtue | Virtue |

Joseph Joubert

Good maxims are the germs of all excellence.

Excellence | Good | Maxims |

Henri Frédéric Amiel

In the conduct of life, habits count for more than maxims, because habit is a living maxim, becomes flesh and instinct. To reform one's maxims is nothing: it is but to change the title of the book. To learn new habits is everything, for it is to reach the substance of life. Life is but a tissue of habits.

Change | Conduct | Habit | Life | Life | Maxims | Reform | Title | Learn |

Peter Kropotkin, fully Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin

Legislators confounded in one code the two currents of custom of which we have just been speaking, the maxims which represent principles of morality and social union wrought out as a result of life in common, and the mandates which are meant to ensure external existence to inequality.

Custom | Existence | Life | Life | Maxims | Morality | Principles |

Plato NULL

They assembled together and dedicated these as the first-fruits of their love to Apollo in his Delphic temple, inscribing there those maxims which are on every tongue- 'know thyself’ and 'Nothing overmuch.'

Love | Maxims |

Ralph Barton Perry

Puritanism prolonged in America the medieval Christian view of the world and of human destiny. It taught men to distrust their natural inclinations as well as their natural faculties, and to find their origin and their salvation in a supernatural order.... The Enlightenment, on the other hand, was humane, optimistic, and eudaemonistic. The fact that Benjamin Franklin formulated maxims for conduct only served to accentuate the difference in the ultimate ground of moral appeal. The puritan maxims consisted largely in prohibitions, and were imposed by the will of God; the maxims of the new philosophy were recipes for success, discovered by common sense, and motivated by the end of happiness.

Conduct | Distrust | Maxims | Men | Philosophy | Salvation | Will | World |

Samuel Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson

Those writers who lie on the watch for novelty can have little hope of greatness; for great things cannot have escaped former observation.

Confidence | Genius | Knowledge | Maxims | Neglect | Nothing | Will |

Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues NULL

Few men have depth enough to hear or tell the truth.

Maxims |