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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Helen Keller. aka Helen Adams Keller

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Fidelity | Purpose | Purpose | Self | Wrong |

Marva Collins, born Marva Delores Nettles

Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail.

Determination | Perseverance | Thinking | Will | World |

Alexander Hamilton

A good government implies two things: first, fidelity to the object of government, which is the happiness of the people; secondly, a knowledge of the means by which that object can be best attained. Some governments are deficient in both these qualities; most governments are deficient in the first.

Fidelity | Good | Government | Knowledge | Means | Object | People | Qualities | Government | Happiness |

American Proverbs

Sooner or later perseverance achieves.

Perseverance |

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

By perseverance the snail reached the ark.

Perseverance |

Earl Warren

The success of any legal system is measured by its fidelity to the universal ideal of justice.

Fidelity | Justice | Success | System |

George Santayana

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through a long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness.

Chastity | Discretion | Fidelity | Instinct | Nobility | Skepticism | Surrender | Youth |

Henry Ward Beecher

Success surely comes with conscience in the long run, other things being equal. Capacity and fidelity are commercially profitable qualities.

Capacity | Conscience | Fidelity | Qualities | Success |

Henry Ward Beecher

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.

Perseverance | Will |

James Martineau

What science calls unity and uniformity of nature, truth calls the fidelity of God.

Fidelity | God | Nature | Science | Truth | Uniformity | Unity |

Joseph Addison

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.

Caution | Experience | Friend | Genius | Hope | Life | Life | Perseverance | Success | Wise |

John Ruskin

There's no music in "rest," but there's the making of music in it. And people are always missing that part of the life melody, always talking of perseverance and courage and fortitude; but patience is the finest and worthiest part of fortitude, and the rarest, too.

Courage | Fortitude | Life | Life | Melody | Music | Patience | People | Perseverance | Rest | Talking |

Maltbie Babcock, fully Maltbie Davenport Babcock

One of the commonest mistakes and one of the costliest thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic - something or other which we do not possess. Success is generally due to holding one, and failure to letting go. You decide to learn a language, study music, take a course of reading, train yourself physically. Will it be success or failure? It depends upon how much pluck and perseverance that word “decide” contains. The decision that nothing can overrule, the grip that nothing can detach will bring success.

Decision | Failure | Genius | Language | Magic | Music | Nothing | Perseverance | Reading | Study | Success | Thinking | Will | Failure | Learn |

Rollo May, fully Rollo Reese May

Courage is not a virtue or value among other personal values like love or fidelity. It is the foundation that underlies and gives reality to all other virtues and personal values. Without courage our love pales into mere dependency. Without courage our fidelity becomes conformism.

Courage | Fidelity | Love | Reality | Virtue | Virtue | Value |

Jean Vanier

A community is only being created when its members accept that they are not going to achieve great things, that they are not going to be heroes, but simply live each day with new hope, like children, in wonderment as the sun rises and in thanksgiving as it sets. Community is only being created when they have recognized that the greatness of man is to accept his insignificance, his human condition and his earth, and to thank God for having put in a finite body the seeds of eternity which are visible in small and daily gestures of love and forgiveness. The beauty of man is in this fidelity to the wonder of each day.

Beauty | Body | Day | Eternity | Fidelity | God | Greatness | Love | Man | Wonder | Beauty | God |

John Quincy Adams

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

Perseverance |

Joseph Addison

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Fidelity | Wrong |

John Quincy Adams

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

Perseverance |

Joseph Conrad, born Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski

Of all the inanimate objects, of all men's creations, books are the nearest to us for they contain our very thoughts, our ambitions, our indignations, our illusions, our fidelity to the truth, and our persistent leanings to error. But most of all they resemble us in their precious hold on life.

Books | Fidelity |

Lord Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Regularity in the hours of rising and retiring, perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate, simple and nutritious aliment, and temperance in all things are necessary branches of the regimen of health.

Perseverance |