Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.


"Curiosity is the spiritual adultery of the soul. Curiosity is spiritual drunkenness." - Thomas Brooks

"For most Americans the sexual revolution was not a vast national orgy of swingers. There was never widespread approval of adultery or promiscuity. The revolution - evolution is a better word - appeared rather as a massive questioning of the double standard and the sexual constraints we grew up with." - Ellen Goodman

"Adultery may or may not be sinful, but it is never cheap." - Raymond Postgate, fully Raymond William Postgate

"Men may commit theft as well as adultery with the eye." - Xenocrates, aka Xenocrates of Chalcedon NULL

"The mind is guilty of adultery even if it merely pictures to itself a vision of carnal pleasure." - Lactantius, fully Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius NULL

"Individuals who suffer success have what I call the four A’s - arrogance, a sense of aloneness, the need to seek adventure, and adultery." - Steven Berglas

"Christ was only crucified once and for a few hours. Think of the hundreds of thousands whom Christ has been crucifying in a quiet way ever since." - Samuel Butler

"To desire friendship is a great fault. Friendship should be a gratuitous joy like those afforded by art or life. We must refuse it so that we may be worthy to receive it; it is of the order of grace." - Simone Weil

"The freedom of affluence opposes and contradicts the freedom of community life." - Wendell Berry

"However you make your living is where your talent lies." - Ernest Hemingway, fully Ernest Miller Hemingway