Great Throughts Treasury

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William Whewell

Every failure is a step to success; every detection of what is false directs us toward what is true; every trial exhausts some tempting form of error. Not only so, but scarcely any attempt is entirely a failure; scarcely any theory, is the result of steady thought, is altogether false; no tempting form of error is without some latent charm derived from truth.

Character | Detection | Error | Failure | Success | Thought | Truth | Failure | Trial |

Ali Hameed Almaas

We are always looking for pleasure, frantically seeking happiness in many ways, and totally missing the simplest, most fundamental pleasure, which actually is also the greatest pleasure: just being here. When we are really present, the presence itself is made out of fullness, contentment and blissful pleasure... Happiness, value, and pleasure are not he result of anything. These qualities are part of our fundamental nature.

Contentment | Nature | Pleasure | Present | Qualities | Wisdom | Happiness |

Richard Whately

The more secure we feel against our liability to any error to which, in fact, we are liable, the greater must be our danger of falling into it.

Character | Danger | Error | Danger |

Hayyim ben Joseph Vital

Sadness is a root cause of many faults... When a person is sad, he fails to take pleasure with what he has.

Cause | Character | Pleasure | Sadness |

Saint Augustine, aka Augustine of Hippo, St. Austin, Bishop of Hippo NULL

It is with the desire for peace that wars are waged, even by those who take pleasure in exercising their warlike nature in command and battle. And hence it is obvious that peace is the end sought for by war. For every man seeks peace by waging war, but no man seeks war by making peace... Even wicked men wage war to maintain the peace of their own circle, and wish that, if possible, all men belonged to them, that all men and things might serve but one head, and might, either through love or fear, yield themselves to peace with him!

Battle | Desire | Fear | Love | Man | Men | Nature | Peace | Pleasure | War | Wisdom |

Henri Bergson, aka Henri-Louis Bergson

Anyone who is thoroughly familiar with the language and literature of a people cannot be wholly its enemy.

Enemy | Language | Literature | People | Wisdom |

Eugene P. Bertin, fully Eugene Peter Bertin

Honest work bears a lovely face for it is the father of pleasure and the mother of good fortune. It is the keystone of prosperity and the sire of fame. And best of all, work is relief from sorrow and the handmaiden of happiness.

Fame | Father | Fortune | Good | Mother | Pleasure | Prosperity | Sorrow | Wisdom | Work |

Hugh Black

It is a paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self. As a matter of experience, we find that true happiness comes in seeking other things, in the manifold activities of life, in the healthful outgoing of all human powers.

Experience | Life | Life | Paradox | Pleasure | Purpose | Purpose | Self | Wisdom | Happiness |

Richard Baxter

Though selfishness hath defiled the whole man, yet sensual pleasure is the chief part of its interest, and therefore by the senses it commonly works, and these are the doors and the windows by which iniquity entereth the soul.

Man | Pleasure | Selfishness | Soul | Wisdom |

Henry Bolingbroke, Henry IV of England

Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.

Body | Health | Individual | Liberty | Man | Pleasure | Society | Wisdom | Happiness |

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, fully Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, Lord Lytton

In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest. The classic literature is always modern. New books revive and redecorate old ideas; old books suggest and invigorate new ideas.

Books | Ideas | Literature | Preference | Science | Wisdom | Old |

William Bolitho, pen name for Charles William Ryall

Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.

Body | Health | Individual | Liberty | Man | Pleasure | Society | Wisdom | Happiness |

Brillat-Savarin, fully Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin NULL

In compelling man to eat that he may live, Nature gives an appetite to invite him, and pleasure to reward him.

Appetite | Man | Nature | Pleasure | Reward | Wisdom |

Jean de La Bruyère

If you suppress the exorbitant love of pleasure and money, idle curiosity, iniquitous pursuits and wanton mirth, what a stillness would there be in the great cities! The necessaries of life do not occasion at most a third part of the hurry.

Curiosity | Hurry | Life | Life | Love | Mirth | Money | Pleasure | Wisdom |

William Cullen Bryant

Truth gets well if she is run over by a locomotive, while error dies of lockjaw if she scratches her finger.

Error | Truth | Wisdom |