Great Throughts Treasury

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Berthold Auerbach

What people will say - in these words there lies the tyranny of the world, the whole destruction of our natural disposition, the oblique vision of our minds. These four words bear sway everywhere.

People | Tyranny | Vision | Will | Wisdom | Words | World |

Elizabeth Anscombe, fully Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret "G. E. M." Anscombe

You cannot take any performance (even an interior performance) as itself an act of intention; for if you describe a performance, the fact that it has taken place is not a proof of intention; words for example may occur in somebody’s mind without his meaning them. so intention is never a performance in the mind, though in some matters a performance in the mind which is seriously meant may make a difference to the correct account of the man’s action - e.g., in embracing someone. But the matters in question are necessarily ones in which outward acts are ‘significant’ in some way.

Action | Example | Intention | Man | Meaning | Mind | Question | Wisdom | Words |

John Greenleaf Whittier

For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: "It might have been."

Character | Words |

Antisthenes NULL

The investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of education.

Beginning | Education | Meaning | Wisdom | Words |

Vicksburg Whig, also called Vicksburg Weekly Whig, Weekly Whig

With temper calm and mild, and words of soften’d tone, he overthrows his neighbor’s cause and justifies his own.

Cause | Character | Temper | Words |

Hans Christian Anderson

Where words fail, music speaks.

Music | Wisdom | Words |

Clarence Edward Barnfield

Vocabulary is an index to a civilization, and ours is a disturbed one. That's why so many of the new words deal with war, violence, drugs, racism, and not so many with peace and prosperity.

Civilization | Peace | Prosperity | War | Wisdom | Words |

Babylonian Talmud

No man shall be held responsible for words uttered in affliction.

Affliction | Man | Wisdom | Words |

James Beattie

How sweet the words of truth breathed from the lips of love!

Love | Truth | Wisdom | Words |

Bible or The Bible or Holy Bible NULL

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

Counsel | Knowledge | Wisdom | Words | Counsel |

Claude M. Bristol

Their repetitive words and phrases are merely methods of convincing the subconscious mind.

Mind | Wisdom | Words |

John Christian Bovee

Fame - a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on.

Fame | Truth | Wisdom | Words |

Catherine Bowen, née Catherine Shober Drinker

Chamber music - a conversation between friends.

Conversation | Music | Wisdom |

Catherine Bowen, née Catherine Shober Drinker

The professors laugh at themselves, they laugh at life; they long ago abjured the bitch-goddess Success, and the best of them will fight for his scholastic ideals with a courage and persistence that would shame a soldier. The professor is not afraid of words like truth; in fact he is not afraid of words at all.

Courage | Ideals | Life | Life | Persistence | Shame | Success | Truth | Will | Wisdom | Words | Afraid |