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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David Cooper, fully David Graham Cooper

Perhaps the most central characteristic of authentic leadership is the relinquishing of the impulse to dominate others.

Impulse | Leadership |

Charles Dyer

Man’s disease is loneliness; God’s is progress.

Disease | God | Loneliness | Man | Progress |

Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Freedom is not worth fighting for if it means no more than license for everyone to get as much as he can for himself.

Fighting | Freedom | Means | Worth |

Mahatma Gandhi, fully Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Bapu

Fear of disease killed more men than disease itself.

Disease | Fear | Men |

Cyril Bentham Falls

The very exercise of leadership fosters capacity for it.

Capacity | Leadership |

Antony Jay, fully Sir Antony Rupert Jay

The only real training for leadership is leadership.

Training | Leadership |

Longinus, fully Gaius Cassius Longinus NULL

Love of pleasure is the disease which makes men most despicable.

Disease | Love | Men | Pleasure |

Charles Pierre Péguy

When a man lies dying, he does not die from disease alone. He dies from his whole life.

Disease | Life | Life | Man |

William Osler, fully Sir William Osler

It is more important to know what kind of patient has the disease than what kind of disease the patient has.

Disease | Important |

Thomas Paine

The nearer any disease approaches to a crisis, the nearer it is to a cure. Danger and deliverance make their advances together, and it is only the last push that one or the other takes the lead.

Danger | Disease | Danger |

Malise Ruthven

Most religions are absolutist. Claims to revelation militate against rational argument and compromise. In this sense all religions contain totalitarian possibilities; for totalitarianism, which welds the state into a single body “knit together as one man” is really the religious impulse, the worship of leadership and ideology, the cult of Person or Book, directed towards secular ends.

Argument | Body | Cult | Ends | Impulse | Man | Revelation | Sense | Worship | Leadership |

Joseph Runzo and Nancy M. Martin

The Taoist solution was to get oneself in harmony with the Way or Tao of the universe, to learn to move through the world with flexibility and fluidity according to the nature of things, rather than fighting it, ourselves, or other people.

Fighting | Flexibility | Harmony | Nature | People | Universe | World | Flexibility | Learn |

Peter Senge, fully Peter Michael Senge

It’s not about positional power; it’s not about accomplishments; it’s ultimately not even about what we do. Leadership is about creating a domain in which human beings continually deepen their understanding of reality and become more capable of participating in the unfolding of the world. Ultimately, leadership is about creating new realities.

Power | Reality | Understanding | World | Leadership |

Menachem Mendel Schneerson, known as the Lubavitcher Rebbe

A true leader does not seek followers, he wants to teach others how to be leaders. He does not want control, he wants the truth. He does not impose his leadership on others, nor does he take away anyone's autonomy. He inspires by love, not coercion. When it comes time to take credit, he makes himself invisible; but he is the first to arrive at the time of need, and he will never shrink away in fear. He is so passionate about your welfare that when you consult him for guidance, it is like coming face to face with yourself for the first time.

Coercion | Control | Credit | Fear | Guidance | Love | Need | Teach | Time | Truth | Wants | Will | Leader | Leadership |

Achmad Sukarno, born Kusno Sosrodihardjo

Revolution is only true revolution if it is a continuous struggle – not just an external struggle against an enemy, but an inner struggle, fighting and subduing all negative aspects which hinder or do damage to the course of the revolution. In this light, revolution is… a mighty symphony of victory over the enemy and over oneself.

Enemy | Fighting | Light | Revolution | Struggle |

Ralph Waldo Trine

No disease can enter into or take hold of our bodies unless it finds therein something corresponding to itself which makes it possible. And in the same way, no evil or undesirable condition of any kind can come into our lives unless there is already in them that which invites it and so makes it possible for it to come. the sooner we begin to look within ourselves for the cause of whatever comes to us, the better it will be, for so much sooner will we begin to make conditions within ourselves such that only good may enter.

Better | Cause | Disease | Evil | Good | Will |

Frederick Treves, fully Sir Frederick Treves, 1st Baronet

The symptoms of disease are marked by purpose, and the purpose is beneficent. The processes of disease aim not at the destruction of life, but at the saving of it.

Disease | Life | Life | Purpose | Purpose |