Great Throughts Treasury

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Vivekananda, fully Sri or Swami Vivekananda, born Narendra Nath Datta NULL

Duty becomes a disease with us; it drags us ever forward... This duty, this idea of duty is the midday summer sun which scorches the innermost soul of mankind... The only true duty is to be unattached and to work as free beings, to give up all work unto God.

Disease | Duty | God | Mankind | Soul | Work |

Ralph Waldo Trine

Many will receive great help, and many will be entirely healed by a practice somewhat after the following nature: Wit a mind at peace, and with a heart going out in love to all, go into the quiet of your own interior self, holding the thought - I am one with the Infinite Spirit of Life, the life of my life. I then as spirit, I a spiritual being, can in my own real nature admit of no disease. I now open my body, in w2hich disease has obtained a foothold, I open it fully to the inflowing tide of this Infinite Life, and it now, even now, is pouring in and coursing through my body, and the healing process is going on. Realize this so fully that you begin to feel a quickening and a warming glow imparted by the life forces to the body. Believe the healing process is going on. Believe it, and hold continually to it. Many people greatly desire a certain thing but expect something else. They have greater faith in the power of evil than in the power of good, and hence they remain ill.

Body | Desire | Disease | Evil | Faith | Good | Heart | Life | Life | Love | Mind | Nature | Peace | People | Power | Practice | Quiet | Receive | Self | Spirit | Thought | Will | Wit | Following | Thought |

Mao Tse-tung, alternatively Zedong, Ze dong, aka Chairman Mao

The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.

Contradiction | Responsibility | Work | Leadership |

Richard Carlson

A more peaceful way to live is to decide consciously which battles are worth fighting and which are better left alone.

Better | Fighting | Worth |

Ian Maclaren, pseudonymn of Rev. John Watson

Be kind; every man you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Battle | Fighting | Man |

Jurriaan Kamp

As long as our leaders believe they can’t win votes by working to reduce poverty, the media will continue to focus on politician’s efforts to increase safety by fighting terrorism.

Fighting | Focus | Poverty | Terrorism | Will |

Alfred North Whitehead

The foundation of all understanding... is that no static maintenance of perfection is possible. This axiom is rooted in the nature of things. Advance or Decadence are the only choices offered to mankind. The pure conservative is fighting against the essence of the universe.

Decadence | Fighting | Mankind | Nature | Perfection | Understanding | Universe |

Alvin Toffler

The responsibility for change… lies with us. We must begin with ourselves, teaching ourselves not to close our minds prematurely to the novel, the surprising, the seemingly radical. This means fighting off the idea-assassins who rush forward to kill any new suggestion on grounds of its impracticality, while defending whatever now exists as practical, not matter how absurd, oppressive, or unworkable it may be. It means fighting for freedom of expression – the right of people to voice their ideas, even if heretical.

Absurd | Change | Fighting | Freedom | Ideas | Kill | Means | People | Responsibility | Right |

Baltasar Gracián

The disease is often made worse by the remedy.

Disease |

Author Unknown NULL

The essence of superior leadership is the inspired application of principle to circumstance.

Circumstance | Leadership |

Ben Jonson

I know no disease of the Soul, but Ignorance… Knowledge is the activity of the soul.

Disease | Ignorance | Knowledge | Soul |

Baltasar Gracián

Select the lucky and avoid the unlucky. Ill-luck is generally the penalty of folly, and there is no disease so contagious.

Disease | Folly | Luck |

Bernie S. Siegel

It doesn't matter what the disease is. There is always room for hope. I'm not going to die because of statistics. I hope you won't either.

Disease | Hope | Statistics |

Charles Caleb Colton

No company is preferable to bad, because we are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.

Disease | Health |

Brenda Ueland

Why should we all use our creative power? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money.

Fighting | Money | Nothing | People | Power |

Charles Dickens, fully Charles John Huffam Dickens

While there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world quite so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.

Disease | Good | Humor | Laughter | Nothing | Sorrow | World |

Charles Caleb Colton

Taking medicine is often only making a new disease to cure or hide the old one.

Disease | Old |

C. S. Lewis, fully Clive Staples "C.S." Lewis, called "Jack" by his family

To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level with those who have not yet reached the age of reason.

Age | Disease | Reason | Regard | Will |

Emma Goldman

All wars are wars among thieves who are too cowardly to fight and who therefore induce the young manhood of the whole world to do the fighting for them.

Fighting | World |