Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Related Quotes

Søren Kierkegaard, fully Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

What I really lack is to be clear in my mind what I am to do, not what I am to know, except in so far as to a certain understanding must precede every action. The thing is to understand myself, to see what God really wishes me to do; the thing is to find a truth which is true for me, to find the idea for which I can live and die.

Action | Character | God | Mind | Truth | Understanding | Wishes | God | Understand |

Johann Kaspar Lavater

He who always seeks more light the more he finds, and finds more the more he seeks, is one of the few happy mortals who take and give in every point of time. The tide and ebb of giving and receiving is the sum of human happiness, which he alone enjoys who always wishes to acquire new knowledge, and always finds it.

Character | Giving | Happy | Knowledge | Light | Time | Wishes |

Thomas Malthus, fully Thomas Robert Malthus

Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence increases only in an arithmetical ratio. A slight acquaintance with numbers will show the immensity of the first power in comparison to the second. By that law of our nature which makes food necessary to the life of man, the effects of these two unequal powers must be kept equal. This implies a strong and constantly operating check on population from the difficulty of subsistence. This difficulty must fall somewhere and must necessarily be severely felt by a large portion of mankind.

Acquaintance | Character | Difficulty | Law | Life | Life | Man | Mankind | Nature | Power | Will |

Don Carlos Musser

Because of the law of cessation, a man is "as he thinketh in his heart." Nothing can happen without its adequate cause.

Cause | Character | Heart | Law | Man | Nothing |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

He who wishes to cure his ignorance, must first confess it.

Character | Ignorance | Wishes |

Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau

Nothing is impossible to the man that can will. Is that necessary? That shall be. This is the only law of success.

Character | Law | Man | Nothing | Success | Will |

Jacques Maritain

The office of the moral law is that of a pedagogue, to protect and educate us in the use of freedom. At the end of this period of instruction, we are enfranchised from every servitude, even from the servitude of law, since Love made us one in spirit with the wisdom that is the source of Law.

Character | Freedom | Law | Love | Moral law | Office | Servitude | Spirit | Wisdom |

Guiseppe Mazzini

The moral law of the universe is progress.

Character | Law | Moral law | Progress | Universe |

Plotinus NULL

Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon his work. so do you also: cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is overcast, labor to make all one glow of beauty and never cease chiseling your statue, until there shall shine out on you from it the godlike splendor of virtue, until you shall see the perfect goodness surely established in the stainless shrine.

Beauty | Character | Labor | Light | Virtue | Virtue | Work | Beauty |

John O'Brien

The desire of one man to live on the fruits of another's labor is the original sin of the world.

Character | Desire | Labor | Man | Sin | World |

John Platt

"Waste not, want not," is the law of nature.

Character | Law | Nature | Waste |

Tatjana Patitz

I believe that being true to the self is the most important thing in life - to have a free heart, a pure soul and a pure mind. We all live, or should live, for the fulfillment of the self. We are all mirror images of each other; whatever we feel in ourselves we feel in others. I believe that we create our own lives... Intuition should play the main role in everything we do. Through the creative source of the mind and the unlimited power of the spirit all our deepest wishes come true. For me the meaning is that we are all one, and the only true reality is the spirit. Believing in the power of spirit is simply to have a passion for life, to learn, to grow, to evolve and most of all to love, and live each day and each moment of the day to the fullest.

Character | Day | Fulfillment | Heart | Important | Intuition | Life | Life | Love | Meaning | Mind | Passion | Play | Power | Reality | Self | Soul | Spirit | Wishes |

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Temperance and labor are the two best physicians; the one sharpens the appetite - the other prevents indulgence to excess.

Appetite | Character | Excess | Indulgence | Labor |