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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James J. Daly

God’s love for us is a mystery and a joy, balanced by the mystery and sorrow of our coldness toward Him.

God | Joy | Love | Mystery | Sorrow |

Sidney Greenberg

Where sorrow is concerned, not repression but expression is the wholesome discipline.

Discipline | Sorrow |

Wayne Muller

A single word of gratefulness can transform a moment of sorrow into a moment of peace.

Peace | Sorrow |

Wayne Muller

Acknowledging our sorrow need not diminish our gratefulness.

Need | Sorrow |

Wayne Muller

Gratefulness arises naturally from this fertile balance of honoring both our sorrow and our joy. We name our sorrows so that we can bring care and attention to our wounds, so that we may heal. And at the same time we give thanks for the innumerable gifts and blessings bestowed upon us daily, lest we forget how rich we are.

Attention | Balance | Blessings | Care | Joy | Sorrow | Time |

Alan Cohen

All acts of charity or giving are valuable only inasmuch as they recognize the true dignity of those toward whom the contribution is directed. Any money or time given to another without recognizing their full equality, is as chaff in the wind, and serves only the mockery of the ego. Pity or sorrow is never a worthy reason for charity, for it only reinforces the bondage of the giver and the recipient. Real charity is never a giving, but always a sharing. He who gives as a giver remains half; he who shares, knows wholeness.

Charity | Dignity | Ego | Equality | Giving | Mockery | Money | Pity | Reason | Sorrow | Time | Wholeness |

Alexis Carrel

In man, the things which are not measurable are more important than those which are measurable. The existence of thought is as fundamental as for instance, the physiochemical equilibria of blood serum. The sepration of eh qualitative from the quantitative grew still wider when Descartes created the dualism of the body and soul. Then, the manifestations of the mind became inexplicable. The material was definitely isolated from the spiritual. Organic structures and physiological mechanisms assumed a far greater reality than thought, pleasure, sorrow and beauty. This error switched civilization to the road which led science to triumph and man to degradation.

Beauty | Body | Civilization | Error | Existence | Important | Man | Mind | Organic | Pleasure | Reality | Science | Sorrow | Soul | Thought | Thought |

Arthur Schopenhauer

Joy and sorrow are not ideas of the mind but affections of the will, and so they do not lie in the domain of memory. We cannot recall our joys and sorrows; by which I mean we cannot renew them. We can recall only the ideas that accompanied them; and, in particular, the things we were led to say; and these form a gauge of our feelings at the time. Hence our memory of joys and sorrows is always imperfect, and they become a matter of indifference to us as soon as they are over.

Feelings | Ideas | Indifference | Joy | Memory | Mind | Sorrow | Time | Will |

Bhagavad Gītā, simply known as Gita NULL

Your sorrow is for nothing. The truly wise mourn neither for the living nor for the dead. There never was a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor any of these kings. Nor is there any future in which we shall cease to be... That Reality which pervades the universe is indestructible. No one has power to change the Changeless... Death is certain for the born. Rebirth is certain for the dead. You should not grieve for what is unavoidable.

Change | Death | Future | Mourn | Nothing | Power | Reality | Sorrow | Time | Universe | Wise |

Charles Caleb Colton

The slightest sorrow for sin is sufficient if it produce amendment, and the greatest insufficient if it do not.

Sin | Sorrow |

Confucius, aka Kong Qiu, Zhongni, K'ung Fu-tzu or Kong Fuzi NULL

If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.

Man | Sorrow | Thought | Will | Thought |

Chinese Proverbs

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.

Sorrow |

Epictetus "the Stoic" NULL

No one... who lives in error is free. Do you wish to live in fear? Do you wish to live in sorrow? Do you wish to live in perturbation? “By no means.” No one... who is in a state of fear or sorrow or perturbation is free; but whoever is delivered from sorrows and fears and perturbations, he is at the same time also delivered from servitude.

Error | Fear | Means | Servitude | Sorrow | Time |

Gail Sheehy

Temperence in all things, including our hopes as well as our fears, is a worthy goal, but it is hardly human to be always temperate. It is far wiser to know how to balance a great sorrow with a great happiness, or a recurrence of dread with a renewal of faith.

Balance | Dread | Faith | Sorrow |

George MacDonald

Joy cannot unfold the deepest truths. Cometh white-robed Sorrow stooping and wan, and flingeth wide the door she must not enter.

Joy | Sorrow |