Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

Related Quotes

Plautus, full name Titus Maccius Plautus NULL

Not by age but by character is wisdom attained.

Age | Character | Wisdom |

Austin Phelps

In the destiny of every moral being there is an object more worthy of God than happiness. It is character. And the grand aim of man's creation is the development of grand character - and grand character is, by its very nature, the product of probationary discipline.

Character | Destiny | Discipline | God | Man | Nature | Object | God |

Publius Syrus

A man's own character is the arbiter of his fortune.

Character | Fortune | Man |

Thomas Paine

Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and angels know of us.

Angels | Character | God | Men | Reputation | God | Think |

Publius Syrus

Bad character never lacks an instructor.

Character |

Anthony Meredith Quinton, Baron Quinton

The idea of soul, as a pure ego or mental substance, persists tenaciously in philosophy. I have argued that it cannot satisfactorily discharge the various tasks for which it has been recruited. The body, with marginal, speculative and dependent exceptions, is all that is required to individuate experiences and to supply then with an owner. An unobservable mental substance cannot individuate and provides a merely formal, because wholly inscrutable, solution to the problem of ownership. It is equally, and even more obviously, inept as an explanation of the identity of a person through time, which rests, not on the body, but on the complex of a person’s character and memories, related by continuity.

Body | Character | Ego | Philosophy | Soul | Time |

Helen Rowland

I have learned by experience that no man’s character can be eventually injured but by his own acts.

Character | Experience | Man |

Jules Renard, aka Pierre-Jules Renard

Life is what our character makes it. We fashion it, as a snail does its shell. A man can say: "I never made a fortune because it is not in my character to be rich."

Character | Fortune | Life | Life | Man |

Rashi, born Shlomo ben Yitzchok, aka Salomon Isaacides, Rabbi Shlomo Itzhaki NULL

Each person is a one time phenomenon, an occurrence that has never been before and will never be again. You have a unique blend of character traits and personality. You are unique in your particular family constellation, born in a specific time of history and in a specific environment. This uniqueness gives you great importance. Only you can accomplish your unique life tasks.

Character | Family | History | Life | Life | Personality | Time | Unique | Will |

Charles Simmons

A person's character is but half formed till after wedlock.

Character |

Samuel Smiles

To be worth anything, character must be capable of standing firm upon its feet in the world of daily work, temptation, and trial; and able to bear the wear and tear of actual life. Cloistered virtues do not count for much.

Character | Life | Life | Temptation | Work | World | Worth |

Noah benShea

Strength of character is not measured by who we support but by knowing we all lean on one another.

Character | Knowing | Strength |

William Shenstone

Trifles discover a character more than actions of importance.

Character | Trifles |

Friedrich Schiller, fully Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Every individual character is in the right that is in strict consistence with itself. Self-contradiction is the only wrong.

Character | Contradiction | Individual | Right | Self | Wrong |

Samuel Smiles

Although genius always commands admiration, character most secures respect. The former is more the product of the brain, the latter of heart-power; and in the long run it is the heart that rules in life.

Admiration | Character | Genius | Heart | Life | Life | Power | Respect |