Great Throughts Treasury

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

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the later lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.

Error | Search | Truth | Wisdom |

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation; the two keep pace in their downward tendency.

Literature | Wisdom |

Julius Charles Hare (1795-1855) and his brother Augustus William Hare

I have ever gained the most profit, and the most pleasure also, from the books which have made me think the most: and, when the difficulties have once been overcome, these are the books which have struck the deepest root, not only in my memory and understanding, but likewise in my affections.

Books | Memory | Pleasure | Understanding | Wisdom | Think |

Arthur Sherburne Hardy

Happiness is the legitimate fruitage of love and service. Set happiness before you as an end, no matter in what guise of wealth, or fame, or oblivion even, and you will not attain it. But renounce it and seek the pleasure of God, and that instant is the birth of your own.

Birth | Fame | God | Love | Oblivion | Pleasure | Service | Wealth | Will | Wisdom | Happiness |

J. B. S. Haldane, fully John Burdon Sanderson Haldane

A single mind can acquire a fair knowledge of the whole field of science, and find plenty of time to spare for ordinary human affairs. Not many people take the trouble to do so. But without a knowledge of science one cannot understand current events. That is why our modern our modern literature and art are mostly so unreal.

Art | Events | Knowledge | Literature | Mind | People | Plenty | Science | Time | Wisdom | Trouble | Art | Understand |

Philip G. Hamerton, fully Philip Gilbert Hamerton

As there is no pleasure in military life for a soldier who fears death, so there is no independence in civil existence for the an who has an overpowering dread of solitude.

Death | Dread | Existence | Life | Life | Pleasure | Solitude | Wisdom |

Edith Hamilton

A people’s literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them. The writings of the day show the quality of the people as no historical reconstruction can.

Day | Knowledge | Literature | People | Wisdom |

Philip G. Hamerton, fully Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Of all intellectual friendships, none are so beautiful as those which subsist between old and ripe men and their younger brethren in science or literature or art. It is by; these private friendships, even more than by public performance, that the tradition of sound thinking and great doing is perpetuated from age to age.

Age | Art | Literature | Men | Public | Science | Sound | Thinking | Tradition | Wisdom | Old |

Arthur Sherburne Hardy

Set happiness before you as an end, no matter in what guise of wealth, or fame, or oblivion even, and you will not attain it. But renounce it and seek the pleasure of God, and that instant is the birth of you own.

Birth | Fame | God | Oblivion | Pleasure | Wealth | Will | Wisdom | Happiness |

Samuel B. Gould

Somewhere among the youth of today are minds capable of discovering ways to world peace, ways to deeper and more fulfilling lives, ways to new appreciations of beauty in art or literature or music, just as there have been minds capable of splitting the atom. Ours is the task of breaking through the thought barrier which keeps our young people from realizing their creative potentiality.

Art | Beauty | Literature | Music | Peace | People | Thought | Wisdom | World | Youth | Youth | Art | Beauty | Thought |

Edith Hamilton

But it is not hard work which is dreary; it is superficial work. That is always boring in the long run, and it has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is ever laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought - that is to be educated.

Education | Life | Life | Little | Pleasure | Thought | Wisdom | Work | World | Thought |

Benjamin R. Haydon

Never let your love for your profession overshadow your religious feeling. Depend on it that religion will strengthen, not weaken, your energies, and will not only make you a better sailor, but a superior man. Professional studies are not to be neglected; but, on the other hand, take care how you fall into the common error of believing they are the remedy for all the ills of life.

Better | Care | Error | Life | Life | Love | Man | Religion | Will | Wisdom |

Thomas Hobbes

Leisure is the mother of philosophy... The source of every crime , is some defect of the understanding; or some error in reasoning; or some sudden force of the passions... And the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.

Crime | Error | Force | Leisure | Life | Life | Man | Mother | Philosophy | Understanding | Wisdom |

Victor Hugo

Happiness is a thing of gravity. It seeks for hearts of bronze, and carves itself there slowly; pleasure startles it away by tossing flowers to it. Joy's smile is much more close to tears than it is to laughter.

Joy | Laughter | Pleasure | Smile | Tears | Wisdom |

Washington Irving

How easy it is for one benevolent being to diffuse pleasure around him; and how truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity to freshen into smiles!

Heart | Pleasure | Wisdom |

Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus NULL

The chief pleasure (in eating) does not consist in costly seasoning or exquisite flavor, but in yourself. Do you seek for sauce by sweating.

Pleasure | Wisdom |

Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus NULL

Those who are unacquainted with the world take pleasure in the intimacy of great men; those who are wiser dread the consequences.

Consequences | Dread | Men | Pleasure | Wisdom | World |

Sol Hurok, fully Solomon Isiaevich Hurok; born Solomon Izrailevich Gurkov

Get pleasure out of life... as much as you can. No one ever died from pleasure.

Life | Life | Pleasure | Wisdom |