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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Frank Moore Colby

Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great adventure down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the sun. For if he dies without a question in his heart, what excuse is there for his existence?

Adventure | Character | Day | Existence | Heart | Man | Question | Wisdom |

Garrison Keillor, fully Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.

Adventure | Change | Character | Daring | Fate | Life | Life | Nothing | Strength | Fate |

Edward S. "Ned" Jordan

Men in general are too material and do not make enough human contacts. If we search for the fundamentals which actually motivate us, we will find that they come under four headings: love, money, adventure and religion. It is to some of them that we always owe that big urge which pushes us onward. Men who crush these impulses and settle down to everyday routine are bound to sink into mediocrity. No man is a complete unity of himself; he needs the contact, the stimulus and the driving power which is generated by his contact with other men, their ideas and constantly changing scenes.

Adventure | Character | Enough | Ideas | Love | Man | Mediocrity | Men | Money | Power | Religion | Search | Unity | Will |

Arthur Ernest Morgan

Life's greatest adventure is in doing one's level best.

Adventure | Character | Life | Life |

Abba Hillel Silver

There is evil in the world, but it can be overcome through repentance and aspiration, and therein lies the true meaning and adventure in life.

Adventure | Aspiration | Character | Evil | Life | Life | Meaning | Repentance | World |

G. K. Chesterton, fully Gilbert Keith Chesterton

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

Adventure | Wisdom |

William (Morley Punshon) McFee

It may be that, while we plodding realists go on, for ever preoccupied with our daily chores, abstracting a microscopic pleasure from each microscopic duty, your true romantic has the truer vision, and beholds, afar off, in all its lurid splendour and terrible proportions, the piquant adventure we call life.

Adventure | Duty | Life | Life | Pleasure | Vision | Wisdom |

Donald Culross Peattie

Life is an adventure in experience, and when you are no longer greedy for the last drop of it, it means no more than that you have set your face... to the day when you shall depart.

Adventure | Day | Experience | Life | Life | Means | Wisdom |

James Watson, fully James Dewey Watson

Science seldom proceeds in the straightforward logical manner imagined by outsiders. Instead, its steps forward (and sometimes backward) are often very human events in which personalities and cultural traditions play major roles... [Science moves with][ the spirit of an adventure characterized both by youthful arrogance and by the belief that the truth, once found, would be simple as well as pretty.

Adventure | Arrogance | Belief | Events | Play | Science | Spirit | Truth | Wisdom |

Sigmund Freud, born Sigismund Schlomo Freud

Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life.

Adventure | Death | Fear | Life | Life |

John Hick, fully John Harwood Hick

Man is in process of becoming the perfected being whom God is seeking to create. However, this is not taking place – it is important to add – by a natural and inevitable evolution, but through a hazardous adventure in individual freedom.

Adventure | Evolution | Freedom | God | Important | Individual | Inevitable | Man | God |

Helen Keller. aka Helen Adams Keller

Security is almost an illusion (or superstition). It does not exist in nature, nor does humankind as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Adventure | Danger | Daring | Experience | Illusion | Life | Life | Nature | Nothing | Security | Danger |

Helen Keller. aka Helen Adams Keller

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.

Adventure | Change | Daring | Fate | Life | Life | Nothing | Strength | Fate |

E. Stanley Jones, fully Eli Stanley Jones

Many live in dread of what is coming. Why should we? The unknown puts adventure into life. It gives us something to sharpen our souls on. The unexpected around the corner gives a sense of anticipation and surprise. Thank God for the unknown future. If we saw all good things which are coming to us, we would sit down and denigrate. If we saw all the evil things, we would be paralyzed. How merciful is God is to lift the curtain on today; and as we get strength today to meet tomorrow, then to lift the curtain on the morrow. He is a considerate God.

Adventure | Anticipation | Dread | Evil | Future | God | Good | Life | Life | Sense | Strength | Tomorrow | God |