Great Throughts Treasury

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


"They only babble who practice not reflection." - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"Nothing is absolute. There’s no need, nevertheless, to be very sure about things. It seems enough to know how to name them or somehow babble them into existence." - Pedro Calderón de la Barca, fully Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño

"To know, to get into the truth of anything, is ever a mystic act, of which the best logics can but babble on the surface." - Thomas Carlyle

"Never forget the power of silence, that massively disconcerting pause which goes on and on and may at last induce an opponent to babble and backtrack nervously." - Lance Morrow

"If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say... Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear." - Thomas Carlyle

"Silence is the eternal duty of man." - Thomas Carlyle

"Love is an emotion without limit." - W. J. Dawson. fully William James Dawson

"Joy in spite of everything is yanking the bell rope despite physical affliction — it has become my Quasi Motto. One of my books is a hallucinogen, an aphrodisiac, a mood elevator, an intellectual garage door opener, and a metaphysical trash compactor." - Tom Robbins, fully Thomas Eugene "Tom" Robbins