Great Throughts Treasury

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


"Watchfulness and industry are natural virtues, and recommended to us by the conduct even of brute creatures." - John Conybeare

"A soul without watchfulness is, like a city without walls, exposed to the inroads of all its enemies." - William Secker

"Great tenderness and watchfulness is required from each one of us." - Inayat Khan, aka Hazrat Inayat Khan, fully Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan

"Weakness with watchfulness will stand, when strength with too much confidence fails. Weakness, with acknowledgement of it, is the fittest seat and subject for God to perfect his strength in; for consciousness of our infirmities drives us out of ourselves to him in whom our strength lies." - Richard Sibbes (or Sibbs)

"The censorious said she slept in a hammock and understood Yeats's poems, but her family denied both stories." - Saki, pen name for Hector Hugh Munro or H.H. Munro NULL

"He that would be angry and sin not must not be angry with anything but sin." - Thomas Secker

"Some men come into holy obedience through the gateway of profound mystical experience. It is an overwhelming experience to fall into the hands of the living God, to be invaded to the depths of one's being by His presence, to be, without warning, wholly uprooted from all earth-born securities and assurances, and to be blown by a tempest of unbelievable power which leaves one's old proud self utterly, utterly defenseless, until one cries, "All Thy waves and thy billows are gone over me" Then is the soul swept into a Loving Center of ineffable sweetness, where calm and unspeakable peace and ravishing joy steal over one." - Thomas R. Kelly, fully Thomas Raymond Kelly

"It is difficult to believe that a true gentleman will ever become a gamester, a libertine, or a sot." - Edwin Hubbell Chapin