Great Throughts Treasury

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C. Wright Mills, fully Charles Wright Mills

As a social and as a personal force, religion has become a dependent variable. It does not originate; it reacts. It does not denounce; it adapts. It does not set forth new models of conduct and sensibility; it imitates. Its rhetoric is without deep appeal; the worship it organizes is without piety. It has become less a revitalization of the spirit in permanent tension with the world than a respectable distraction from the sourness of life.

Conduct | Force | Life | Life | Piety | Religion | Rhetoric | Sensibility | Spirit | Wisdom | World | Worship |

William Mountford

Faith is the inspiration of nobleness, it is the strength of integrity; it is the life of love, and is everlasting growth for it; it is courage of soul, and bridges over for our crossing the gulf between worldliness and heavenly-mindfulness; and it is the sense of the unseen, without which we could not feel God nor hope for heaven.

Courage | Faith | God | Growth | Heaven | Hope | Inspiration | Integrity | Life | Life | Love | Mindfulness | Sense | Soul | Strength | Wisdom | God |

William Mountford

For knowledge to become wisdom, and for the soul to grow, the soul must be rooted in God: and it is through prayer that there comes to us that which is the strength of our strength, and the virtue of our virtue, the Holy Spirit.

God | Knowledge | Prayer | Soul | Spirit | Strength | Virtue | Virtue | Wisdom |

James McCosh

As ages roll on there is doubtless a progression in human nature. The intellectual comes to rule the physical, and the moral claims to subordinate both. It is no longer strength of body that prevails, but strength of mind; while the law of God proclaims itself superior to both.

Body | God | Human nature | Law | Mind | Nature | Rule | Strength | Wisdom | God |

Martin Opitz, fully Martin Opitz von Boberfeld

It is not the variegated colors, the cheerful sounds, and the warm breezes which enliven us so much in spring; it is the quiet prophetic spirit of endless hope, a presentiment of many happy days, the anticipation of higher everlasting blossoms and fruits, and the secret sympathy with the world that is developing itself.

Anticipation | Happy | Hope | Quiet | Spirit | Sympathy | Wisdom | World |

William Penn

True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. It is a great virtue: it covers folly, keeps secrets, avoids disputes, and prevents sin.

Body | Folly | Mind | Rest | Silence | Sin | Spirit | Virtue | Virtue | Wisdom |

Novalis, pseudonym of Georg Philipp Friedrich Freiherr von Hardenberg NULL

It is not merely the multiplicity of tints, the gladness of tone, or the balminess of the air which delight in the spring; it is the still consecrated spirit of hope, the prophecy of happy days yet to come; the endless variety of nature, with presentiments of eternal flowers which never shall fade and sympathy with the blessedness of the ever-developing world.

Blessedness | Eternal | Happy | Hope | Nature | Prophecy | Spirit | Sympathy | Wisdom | World |

Theodore Roethke

The self says, I am; the heart says, I am less; the spirit says, you are nothing.

Heart | Nothing | Self | Spirit | Wisdom |

Joshua Reynolds, fully Sir Joshua Reynolds

Excellence is never granted to man, but as the reward of labor. It argues, indeed, no small strength of mind to persevere in the habits of industry, without the pleasure of perceiving those advantages which, like the hands of a clock, whilst they make hourly approaches to their point, yet proceed so slowly as to escape observation.

Excellence | Industry | Labor | Man | Mind | Observation | Pleasure | Reward | Strength | Wisdom |

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Christianity preaches only servitude and dependence. Its spirit is so favorable to tyranny that it always profits by such a regime. True Christians are made to be slaves, and they know it and do not much mind: this short life counts for too little in their eyes.

Dependence | Life | Life | Little | Mind | Servitude | Spirit | Tyranny | Wisdom |

Publius Syrus

Union gives strength to the humble.

Strength | Wisdom |

Sa'di (or Saadi), pen name of Abū-Muḥammad Muṣliḥ al-Dīn bin Abdallāh Shīrāzī, born Muslih-uddin NULL

Hunger is a cloud out of which falls a rain of eloquence and knowledge; when the belly is empty, the body becomes spirit; when it is full, the spirit becomes body.

Body | Hunger | Knowledge | Spirit | Wisdom |

Friedrich Schiller, fully Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

A sublime soul can rise to all kind of greatness, but by an effort; it can tear itself from all bondage, to all that limits and constrains it, but only by strength of will. Consequently the sublime soul is only free by broken efforts.

Effort | Greatness | Soul | Strength | Will | Wisdom |