Great Throughts Treasury

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


"Psychological maturation can continue far beyond our arbitrary, culture-bound definitions of normality." - Frances Vaughan & Roger Walsh

"The judges of normality are present everywhere. We are in the society of the teacher-judge, the doctor-judge, the educator-judge, the ''social worker'' -judge." - Michel Foucault

"We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works." - Douglas Adams, fully Douglas Noel Adams

"The chance for greatness, for progress and for change dies the moment we try to be like someone else." - Faith Jegede

"Civilized society is a hopeful belief and protest that science, money and goods make man count for more than any other animal. In this sense everything that man does is religious and heroic, and yet in danger of being fictitious and fallible." - Ernest Becker

"Relationship is thus always slavery of a kind, which leaves a residue of guilt." - Ernest Becker

"Some people are more sensitive to the lie of cultural life, to the illusions of the causa-sui project that others are so thoughtlessly and trustingly caught up in. The neurotic is having trouble with the balance of cultural illusion and natural reality; the possible horrible truth about himself and the world is seeping into his consciousness. The average man is at least secure that the cultural game is the truth, the unshakable, durable truth. He can earn his immortality in and under the dominant immortality ideology, period. It is all so simple and clear-cut. But now the neurotic." - Ernest Becker