Great Throughts Treasury

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


"True love is the parent of a noble humility." - William Ellery Channing

"Human knowledge is the parent of doubt." -

"A simple heart will love all that is most precious on earth, husband or wife, parent or child, brother or friend, without marring its singleness; external things will have no attraction save inasmuch as they lead souls to Him; all exaggeration or unreality, affection and falsehood must pass away from such a one, as the dews dry up before the sunshine. The single motive is to please God, and hence arises total indifference as to what others say and think, so that words and actions are perfectly simple and natural, as in his sight." - N. Grou

"Economy is the parent of integrity, of liberty, and of ease; and the beauteous sister of temperance, of cheerfulness, and health; and profuseness is a cruel and crafty demon, that gradually involves her followers in dependence and debts, and so fetters them with irons that enter into their innermost souls." - John Hawkesworth

"Behind almost every great man there stands either a good parent or a good teacher." -

"Life is but one continual course of instruction. The hand of the parent writes on the heart of the child the first faint characters which time deepens into strength so that nothing can efface them." - Richard Hill

"No parent was ever very comfortable with a child after it had reached twenty-five." - E. W. Howe, fully Edgar Watson Howe

"Frugality may be termed the daughter of prudence, the sister of temperance, and the parent of liberty." -

"Partiality in a parent is unlucky; for fondling are in danger to be made fools." - Roger L'Estrange, fully Sir Roger L'Estrange

"Idleness is the parent of all psychology." -

"Though ambition itself is a vice, it is often the parent of virtues." - Quintilian, fully Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, also Quintillian and Quinctilian NULL

"A great fear... is the parent of superstition; but a discreet and well-guided fear produced religion." - Jeremy Taylor

"Idleness the parent of all vice." - William Wager

"Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory." - Richard Whately

"The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day." - Orlando A. Battistam, fully Orlando Aloysius Battista, aka O.A. Battista

"Anxiety is the poison of human life; the parent of many sins and of more miseries. In a world where everything is doubtful, and where we may be disappointed, and be blessed in disappointment, why this restless stir and commotion of mind? Can it alter the cause or unravel the mystery of human events?" - Hugh Blair

"Anxiety is the poison of human life. It is the parent of many sins, and of more miseries. In a world where everything is doubtful, where you may be disappointed, and be blessed in disappointment,—what means this restless stir and commotion of mind? Can your solicitude alter the cause or unravel the intricacy of human events? Can your curiosity pierce through the cloud which the Supreme Being hath made impenetrable to mortal eye? To provide against every important danger by the employment of the most promising means is the office of wisdom; but at this point wisdom stops." -

"The stamp of a parent's life on a child's is indelible in every phase of living. What a parent passes on to his child is, essentially, all that he himself is. And the essentials of life are found in the attitudes of heart and mind." - Elsie Landon Buck

"Pride, like ambition, is sometimes virtuous and sometimes vicious, according the character in which it is found, and the object to which it is directed. As a principle, it is the parent of almost every virtue and every vice - everything that pleases and displeases in mankind; and as the effects are so very different, nothing is more easy than to discover, even to ourselves, whether the pride that produces them is virtuous or vicious the first object of virtuous pride is rectitude, and the next independence." - Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, de jure 13th Baron Latimer and 5th Baron Willoughby de Broke

"O liberty, parent of happiness, a celestial born when the first man became a living soul; his sacred genius thou." - Edward Dyer, fully Sir Edward Dyer

"Imperfect knowledge is the parent of doubt: thorough and honest research dispels it." - Tyron Edwards

"Being a parent used to be on of the most simple, natural, inevitable developments in the world. But nowadays, one has no business being married unless, waking and sleeping, one is conscious of the responsibility." - Abraham Flexner

"Knowledge is the parent of love; wisdom, love itself." - Julius Charles Hare (1795-1855) and his brother Augustus William Hare

"Life is but one continual course of instruction. The hand of the parent writes on the heart of the child the first faint character which time deepens into strength so that nothing can efface them." - Rowland Hill

"One of the most valuable habits a parent can have is that of explaining. Many parents think their children are too young to understand explanations, yet it is surprising how much a child will absorb if he is given a chance. And even if he does not understand completely, he will at least sense that someone cares enough to explain" - Elizabeth R. Hogan

"Time is a child of eternity, and resembles its parent as much as it can." - William Ralph Inge

"Liberty is the parent of truth, but truth and decency are sometimes at variance. All men and all propositions are to be treated here as they deserve, and there are many who have no claim either to respect or decency." -

"Ennui, the parent of expensive and ruinous vices." -

"Temperance is a virtue which casts the truest lustre upon the person it is lodged in, and has the most general influence upon all other particular virtues of any that the soul of man is capable of; indeed so general, that there is hardly any noble quality or endowment of the mind, but must own temperance either for its parent or its nurse; it is the greatest strengthener and clearer of reason, and the best preparer of it for religion, the sister of prudence, and the handmaid to devotion." - Robert South, fully Bishop Robert South

"Curiosity is as much the parent of attention as attention is of memory; therefore the first business of a teacher - first not only in point of time, but of importance - should be to excite not merely a general curiosity on the subject of the study, but a particular curiosity on particular points in that subject. To teach one who has no curiosity to learn is to sow a field without ploughing it." - Richard Whately

"Hope is the parent of faith." - Cyrus Augustus Bartol

"How good a parent you were is determined by your grandchildren. If I have not taught my children how to be good parents – principally by example – then I have not fulfilled my responsibility." - S. Truett Cathy

"In wonder all philosophy began; in wonder it ends; and admiration fills up the interspace. But the first wonder is the offspring of ignorance: the last is the parent of adoration." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day." - M. Grundler

"Frugality may be termed the daughter of prudence, the sister of temperance, and the parent of liberty. Those that are extravagant will quickly become poor, and poverty will enforce dependence and invite corruption." - Samuel Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson

"One of the most meaningful gifts a parent can give a child is to admit her own mistake: to say, "I was wrong here," or, "I'm sorry."" - John Gottman and Nan Silver

"Starvation, and not sin, is the parent of modern crime." -

"In the highest love between man and woman, or parent and child, as the person reaches the ultimates of strength, self-esteem, or individuality, so also does he simultaneously merge with the other, lose self-consciousness, and more or less transcend selfishness. The same can happen in the creative moment, in the profound aesthetic experience, in the insight experience…and others which I have generalized as peak experiences." - Abraham Harold Maslow

"Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime." - Aristotle NULL

"Affliction appears to be the guide to reflection; the teacher of humility; the parent of repentance; the nurse of faith; the strengthener of patience, and the promoter of charity." - Author Unknown NULL

"Gambling is the child of avarice, but the parent of prodigality." - Charles Caleb Colton

"The celebrated Galen said that employment was nature's physician. It is indeed so important to happiness that indolence is justly considered the parent of misery." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Don't laugh at a child's ambitions. There is no sting so sharp as ridicule, and a laugh is often ridicule to a child. What a parent should do when he knows his child is overreaching, is to talk it over with him from every angle, and, if possible, find an angle from which the job can be attacked with hope of success. Then urge him forward, give him every encouragement. Above all, don't help your child to do something that he can accomplish on his own. Don't deny him the priceless privilege and thrill of developing his own success." - Dale Carnegie, originally spelled Dale Carnegey

"Sloth is the parent of poverty." -

"A parent must respect the spiritual person of his child, and approach it with reverence." - George MacDonald

"There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child." - Henry Ward Beecher

"The wise man must remember that while he is a descendent of the past, he is a parent of the future." - Herbert Spencer

"Fear is the parent of cruelty." - James Froude, fully James Anthony Froude

"Fear is the parent of cruelty." -

"Of all the evils to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, and debts, and taxes, are the known instruments for bringing the many under the dominion of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force of the people! No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare." - James Madison