Great Throughts Treasury

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W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.

Art | Character | Culture | Money | Talking | Writing | Art |

Gilbert Burnet

That is not the best sermon which makes the hearers go away talking to one another, and praising the speaker, but which makes them go away thoughtful and serious, and hastening to be alone.

Character | Talking |

Samuel Butler

Conscience is thoroughly well bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.

Character | Conscience | Talking |

Chazon Ish, named Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz

At times, laziness is the root of taking action. When we feel an urge to give in to a desire, we might hear a whisper telling us that something is not right. Laziness, however, prevents us from fighting that desire and we give in to our bad habit.

Action | Character | Desire | Fighting | Habit | Laziness | Right |

Arthur Dunn

Personal magnetism is a mixture of rugged Honesty, pulsating Energy, and self-organized Intelligence. I believe, absolutely, that truth is the strongest and most powerful weapon a man can use, whether he is fighting for a reform or fighting for a sale.

Character | Energy | Fighting | Honesty | Intelligence | Man | Reform | Self | Truth |

William James

We have lost the power even of imagining what the ancient realization of poverty could have meant; the liberation from material attachments, the unbribed soul, the manlier indifference, the paving our way by what we are and not by what we have, the right to fling away our life at any moment irresponsibly, - the more athletic trim, in short, the fighting shape.

Character | Fighting | Indifference | Life | Life | Poverty | Power | Right | Soul |

Gloria D. Karpinski

Nonresistance isn’t passive. Passivity suggests powerlessness. But non-resistance is extremely powerful. It means we’re consciously choosing what we wish to empower. Nonresistance is the action of wisdom that assesses a situation and realizes there is nothing to be gained from fighting it.

Action | Character | Fighting | Means | Nothing | Wisdom |

Arundell Charles St. John-Mildmay

Reasoning against a prejudice is like fighting against a shadow; it exhausts the reasoner, without visibly affecting the prejudice.

Character | Fighting | Prejudice |

Phillips Brooks

Go and try to save a soul, and you will see how well it is worth saving, how capable it is of the most complete salvation. Not by pondering about it, nor by talking of it, but by saving it, you learn its preciousness.

Salvation | Soul | Talking | Will | Wisdom | Worth | Learn |

Elizabeth Bowen, Full name Elizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen

There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.

Children | Talking | Wisdom |

William Cowper

Words learned by rote a parrot may rehearse; but talking is not always to converse, not more distinct from harmony divine, the constant creaking of a country sign.

Harmony | Talking | Wisdom | Words |

Arthur Dunn

Truth is the strongest and most powerful weapon a man can use, whether he is fighting for a reform or fighting for a sale.

Fighting | Man | Reform | Truth | Wisdom |

Thomas Dreier

When you talk about your troubles, your ailments, your diseases, your hurts, you give longer life to what makes you unhappy. Talking about your grievances merely adds to those grievances. Give recognition only to what you desire. Think and talk only about the good things that add to your enjoyment of your work and life. If you don't talk about your grievances, you'll be delighted to find them disappearing quickly.

Desire | Enjoyment | Good | Life | Life | Talking | Troubles | Wisdom | Work | Think |

Brendan Francis Behan

The friendships that last are those wherein each friend respects the other's dignity. Every man ought to be friend with a nun and a whore and while talking with them forget which is which.

Dignity | Friend | Man | Talking | Wisdom |