Great Throughts Treasury

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


"The greater the truth the greater the libel." - Lord Ellenborough, fully Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough

"Gratitude is the virtue most deified and most deserted. It is the ornament of rhetoric and the libel of practical life." - John W. Forney, fully John Wien Forney

"Political truth is a libel - religious truth blasphemy." - William Hazlitt

"Now in my day—I mean when I was at the apogee of my reputation (I think that is the word—it may be apologee—I forget)—things were very different. What we wanted was action—striking, climatic, catastrophic action, in which things not only happened, but happened suddenly and all in a lump." - Stephen Leacock, fully Stephen Butler Leacock

"Free livers on a small scale; who are prodigal within the compass of a guinea." - Washington Irving