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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Will Rogers, fully William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers

A tax paid on the day you buy is not as tough as asking you for it the next year when you are broke.

Perseverance | Will |

Welsh Proverbs

Without wife without strife.

Perseverance | Talent |

W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden

At first critics classified authors as Ancients, that is to say, Greek and Latin authors, and Moderns, that is to say, every post-Classical Author. Then they classified them by eras, the Augustans, the Victorians, etc., and now they classify them by decades, the writers of the '30's, '40's, etc. Very soon, it seems, they will be labeling authors, like automobiles, by the year.

Distinguish | Good | Perseverance | Present | Taste |

Wendell Berry

What we do need to worry about is the possibility that we will be reduced, in the face of the enormities of our time, to silence or to mere protest.

Acceptance | Desire | Fidelity | Global | Instinct | Joy | Love | Marriage | Men | Neglect | Paradox | Power | Relationship | Sense | World | Think |

W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden

Man … always acts either self-loving, just for the hell of it, or God-loving, just for the heaven of it; his reasons, his appetites are secondary motivations. Man chooses either life or death, but he chooses; everything he does, from going to the toilet to mathematical speculation, is an act of religious worship, either of God or of himself.

Abstract | Body | Children | Dawn | Day | Fidelity | Hope | Insult | Love | Soul | Thinking | Time | Will | World | Insult |

Victor Hugo

Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them.

Cause | Earth | Fidelity | Indispensable | Life | Life | Light | Love | Need | Nothing | Reason | Thought | Time | Happiness | Think | Thought |

Victor Hugo

Need is a low door which, when we must by stern necessity pass through, forces the greatest to bend down the most.

Courage | Perseverance |

Václav Havel

Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren't in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life.

Little | Perseverance |

Woodrow Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.

Genius | Perseverance |

Edwin Hubbell Chapin

No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.

Beauty | Fidelity | Fortune | Language | Man | Power | Beauty |

Emma Goldman

Every effort for progress, for enlightenment, for science, for religious, political, and economic liberty, emanates from the minority, and not from the mass.

Belief | Daring | Fear | Fidelity | Honesty | Life | Life | Morality |

Ernest Hemingway, fully Ernest Miller Hemingway

His [Scott Fitzgerald's] talent was as natural as the pattern that made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. Later he became conscious of his damaged wings and of their construction and he learned to think and could not fly anymore because the love of flight was gone and he could only remember when it had been effortless.

Fidelity | Truth |

Felix Adler

The bitter, yet merciful, lesson which death teaches us is to distinguish the gold from the tinsel, the true values from the worthless chaff.

Conscience | Evil | Fidelity | Men | Reform | Right | Will | Wrong |