Great Throughts Treasury

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Douglas L. Edmonds, fully Douglas Lyman Edmonds

How many of us are waiting for the opportunity to do some great thing for the betterment of our community, forgetting that the solution of the problem requires only the active intelligent fulfillment of individual civic duty. The only things which are wrong about our Government are the things which are wrong with you and me. Democracy is never a thing done; it is and always will be a goal to be achieved. It means action, not passive acquiescence in things as they are; it requires alertness to duty, a dynamic faith, a willingness to give for the good of all. It can live only as a result of loyalty and devotion to its principles expressed by daily needs.

Action | Character | Democracy | Devotion | Duty | Dynamic | Faith | Fulfillment | Good | Government | Individual | Loyalty | Loyalty | Means | Opportunity | Principles | Waiting | Will | Wrong | Government |

John Andrew Holmes

Never tell a young person that something can not be done. God may have been waiting for centuries for somebody ignorant enough of the impossible to do that thing.

Character | Enough | God | Waiting | God |

Søren Kierkegaard, fully Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

As my prayer became more attentive and inward I had less and less to say. I finally became completely silent. I started to listen - which is even the further removed from speaking. I first thought that praying entailed speaking. I then learnt that praying is hearing, not merely being silent. This is how it is. To pray does not mean to listen to oneself speaking. Prayer involves becoming silent, and being silent, and waiting until God is heard.

Character | God | Prayer | Thought | Waiting | God | Thought |

Paige Rense, aka Paige Rense Noland

Everyone has, I think, in some quiet corner of his mind, an ideal home waiting to become a reality.

Character | Mind | Quiet | Reality | Waiting |

Tze-sze NULL

The superior man is quiet and calm, waiting for the appointments of Heaven, while the mean man walks in dangerous paths, looking for lucky occurrences.

Character | Heaven | Man | Quiet | Waiting |

Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus

Philosophy... consists in keeping the demon within a man free from violence and unharmed, superior to pains and pleasures, doing nothing without a purpose, nor feeling the need of another man’s doing or not doing anything; and besides, accepting all that happens, and all that is allotted, as coming from thence, wherever it is, from whence he himself came; and, finally, waiting for death with a cheerful mind.

Death | Man | Mind | Need | Nothing | Philosophy | Purpose | Purpose | Waiting | Wisdom |


He who hates waiting enters without being invited.

Waiting | Wisdom |

George H. Bender

There is no one who cannot find a place for himself in our kind of world. Each of us has some unique capacity waiting for realization. Every person is valuable in his own existence - for himself alone.

Capacity | Existence | Unique | Waiting | Wisdom | World |

Henry Scott Holland

Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolutely unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well.

Death | Life | Life | Little | Means | Mind | Nothing | Play | Smile | Sorrow | Waiting | Wisdom | Old | Think |

Charles F. Kettering, fully Charles Franklin Kettering

Research... is nothing but a state of mind - a friendly, welcoming attitude toward change; going out to look for a change instead of waiting for it to come. Research, for practical men, is an effort to do things better.

Better | Change | Effort | Men | Mind | Nothing | Research | Waiting | Wisdom |

Lame Deer, fully John Fire Lame Deer, aka The Old Man, born Tȟáȟča Hušté

Only human beings have come to a point where they no longer know why they exist. They don’t use their brains and they have forgotten the secret knowledge of their bodies, their senses, or their dreams. They don’t use the knowledge of the spirit has put into every one of them; they are not even aware of this, and so they stumble along blindly on the road to nowhere - a paved highway which they themselves bulldoze and make smooth so that they can get faster to the big, empty hole which they find at the end, waiting to swallow them up. It’s a quick comfortable superhighway, but I know where it leads to. I’ve seen it. I’ve been there in my vision and it makes me shudder to think about it.

Dreams | Knowledge | Spirit | Vision | Waiting | Wisdom | Think |

Maurice Maeterlinck, fully Count Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck

The souls of all our brethren are ever hovering about us, craving for a caress, and only waiting for the signal.

Waiting | Wisdom |

Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali

The first sign of love to God is not to be afraid of death, and to be always waiting for it. For death unites the friend to his friend - the seeker to the object which he seeks.

Death | Friend | God | Love | Object | Waiting | God | Afraid |

Fidel Castro, fully Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz

Whoever hesitates while waiting for ideas to triumph among the masses before initiating revolutionary action will never be a revolutionary. Humanity will, of course, change. Human society will, of course, continue to develop – in spite of men and the errors of men. But that is not a revolutionary attitude.

Action | Change | Humanity | Ideas | Men | Society | Waiting | Will | Society |

Leo Booth

We are co-creators with God, not puppets on a string waiting for something to happen.

God | Waiting |

Sidney Greenberg

God is waiting for us to stop waiting and begin to do now all the things for which this day was made.

Day | God | Waiting |

Candace Pert, fully Candace Beebe Pert

I always say it was great for God to send his only son, but I’m waiting for him to send his only daughter. Then things will really be great.

Daughter | God | Waiting | Will | God |

Albert Schweitzer

Do not be put off if you find that you have to wait and experiment. Be sure that you will have disappointments to endure. But do not be satisfied without some side line in which you may give yourself out as a man to men. There is one waiting for you if only you are willing to take it up in the right spirit.

Experiment | Man | Men | Right | Spirit | Waiting | Will |