Great Throughts Treasury

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Emma Goldman

Anarchism is the only philosophy which brings to man the consciousness of himself; which maintains that God, the State, and society are non-existent, that their promises are null and void, since they can be fulfilled only through man's subordination. Anarchism is therefore the teacher of the unity of life; not merely in nature, but in man.

Desire | Individual | Integrity | Nothing | People | Plenty | War | Wisdom |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

I assure you, a tiger, or a venomous serpent could not rouse terror in me equal to that which he wakens.

Gloom | Joy | Life | Life | Mourn | Pleasure | Smile | Tears | Thought | Thought |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

My walk home was lengthened by a diversion in the direction of the kirk. When beneath its walls, I perceived decay had made progress, even in seven months - many a window showed black gaps deprived of glass; and slates jutted off, here and there, beyond the right line of the roof, to be gradually worked off in coming autumn storms. I sought, and soon discovered, the three head-stones on the slope next the moor - the middle one, gray, and half buried in heath - Edgar Linton's only harmonized by the turf and moss, creeping up its foot - Heathcliff's still bare. I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.

Agony | Sense | Soul | Torture | Vision | Will | Think |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

Afraid? No! he replied. I have neither a fear, nor a presentiment, nor a hope of death. Why should I? With my hard constitution and temperate mode of living, and unperilous occupations, I ought to, and probably shall, remain above ground till there is scarcely a black hair on my head. And yet I cannot continue in this condition! I have to remind myself to breathe - almost to remind my heart to beat! And it is like bending back a stiff spring: it is by compulsion that I do the slightest act not prompted by one thought; and by compulsion that I notice anything alive or dead, which is not associated with one universal idea. I have a single wish, and my whole being and faculties are yearning to attain it. They have yearned towards it so long, and so unwaveringly, that I'm convinced it will be reached - and soon - because it has devoured my existence: I am swallowed up in the anticipation of its fulfillment. My confessions have not reviewed me; but they may account for some otherwise unaccountable phases of humor which I show. Oh God! It is a long fight; I wish it were over!

Comfort | Good | Quiet |

Emily Brontë, fully Emily Jane Brontë, aka pseudonym Ellis Bell

I'm now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself.

Earth | Soul | Spirit |

Emmet Fox

The whole of our life's experience is but the outer expression of inner thought.

Chance | Desire | Forgiveness | Heart | Nothing | Problems | Troubles | Forgiveness | Forgive | Teacher |

Emmet Fox

Many people look upon change with dread and foreboding. But for those on the spiritual path—for those who believe in God and the power of prayer—change is a fuller expression of life. When a problem or condition arises in your life that indicates a change, rely upon God, and realize that it is not so much that a door has closed on a chapter of your life, but rather that a door has opened on new and more interesting things.

Freedom | Law | Life | Life | Past | Position | Power | Prosperity | Rights |

Emmet Fox

Silent prayer is more powerful than audible prayer, because by silent prayer the mind comes closer to creative Spirit.

Desire | Forgiveness | Law | Love | Means | Object | Resentment | Soul | Time | Truth | Will | Work | World | Forgiveness | Think |

Emmet Fox

Prayer is always the solution. No matter what kind of difficulty may be facing you, no matter how complicated your problem may seem – prayer can solve it. Of course you will also take whatever practical steps seem to be indicated, and if you do not know what steps to take, prayer will show you. Prayer is constantly bringing about the seemingly impossible, and there is no conceivable problem that has not at some time been solved by prayer.

Business | Circumstances | Desire | Failure | Free will | God | Good | Harm | Life | Life | Man | Mind | Neglect | Order | People | Right | Rule | Sacred | Wants | Will | Failure | Business | God | Think |

Emma Goldman

What will you do with the lazy ones, who would not work?' No one is lazy. They grow hopeless from the misery of their present existence, and give up. Under our order of things, every men would do the work he liked, and would have as much as his neighbor, so could not be unhappy and discouraged.

Dreams | Little | Love | Wonder |

Emmet Fox

It is not possible that you could ever find yourself anywhere where God was not fully present, fully active, able and willing to set you free.

Body | Consciousness | Desire | Forgiveness | Position | Prayer | Search | Will | Forgiveness | Forgive | Old |

English Proverbs

What the heart thinks the tongue speaks.

Heart |

Eric Temple Bell

If indeed, as Hilbert asserted, mathematics is a meaningless game played with meaningless marks on paper, the only mathematical experience to which we can refer is the making of marks on paper.

Means | Writing |

Erma Bombeck, fully Erma Louise Bombeck, born Erma Fiste

I read one psychologist's theory that said, "Never strike a child in your anger." When could I strike him? When he is kissing me on my birthday? When he's recuperating from measles? Do I slap the Bible out of his hand on Sunday?

Aid | Desire | Future | People | Question | Talking | Value |

Erma Bombeck, fully Erma Louise Bombeck, born Erma Fiste

A child develops individuality long before he develops taste. I have seen my kid straggle into the kitchen in the morning with outfits that need only one accessory -- an empty bottle of gin.

Depression | Desire | Giving | Little | Men | Money | Troubles | Work | Think |

Erich Segal, fully Erich Wolf Segal

Now would you do me a favor?' From somewhere inside me came this devastating assault to make me cry. But I withstood. I would not cry. I would merely indicate to Jennifer - by the affirmative nodding of my head - that I would be happy to do her any favor whatsoever. 'Would you please hold me very tight?' she asked. I put my hand on her forearm - Christ, so thin - and gave it a little squeeze. 'No, Oliver,' she said, 'really hold me. Next to me.'I was very, very careful - of the tubes and things - as I got onto the bed with her and put my arms around her. 'Thanks, Ollie.' Those were her last words.

Ernest Hemingway, fully Ernest Miller Hemingway

Imagination is the one thing beside honesty that a good writer must have. The more he learns from experience the more he can imagine. If he gets so he can imagine truly enough people will think that the things he relates all really happened and that he is just reporting.

Plenty |

Che Guevara, fully Ernesto “Che” Guevara

The feeling of revolt will grow stronger every day among the peoples subjected to various degrees of exploitation, and they will take up arms to gain by force the rights which reason alone has not won them.

Desire | Ideals | Purpose | Purpose | Sacrifice |

Ester and Jerry Hicks

If we were talking to you on your first day here we would say, "Welcome to planet Earth. There is nothing that you cannot be or do or have. And your work here, your lifetime career is...to seek joy."

Desire | Means |

E. F. Schumacher, fully Ernst Friedrich "Fritz" Schumacher

One of the most fateful errors of our age is the belief that the problem of production has been solved. The illusionÂ…is mainly due to our inability to recognize that the modern industrial system, with all its intellectual sophistication, consumes the very basis on which it has been erected. To use the language of the economist, it lives on irreplaceable capital which it cheerfully treats as income.

Change | Experience | Ideas | Thought | Thought |