Great Throughts Treasury

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


"A willing heart adds feather to the heel, and makes the clown a winged Mercury." - Joanna Baillie

"Pampered vanity is a better thing perhaps than starved pride." - Joanna Baillie

"Though duller thoughts succeed, the bliss e’en of a moment still is bliss." - Joanna Baillie

"Prayer is the most perfect and most divine action that a rational soul is capable of. It is of all actions and duties the most indispensably necessary." - Augustine Baker

"You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it." - Faith Baldwin

"A devotion to humanity... is too easily equated with a devotion to a Cause, and Causes, as we know, are notoriously bloodthirsty... Freedom is not something anybody can be given, freedom is something people take." -

"Experience, which destroys innocence, also leads one back to it." -

"Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated and this was an immutable law." -

"To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger." -

"Every human soul is of infinite value, eternal, free; no human being, therefore... places as not to have within his reach, in himself and others, objects adequate to infinite endeavor." -

"Enthusiasm moves the world." -

"The best thing to give your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity." -

"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity." - Clara Lucas Balfour

"One of the things I learned the hard way was it does not pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself." -

"It requires a strong constitution to withstand repeated attacks of prosperity." - J. L. Balsford

"[Paraphrase] Self consciousness, while glorious for what is has done, is at the same time baneful, because it precludes man from entering the Cosmic Conscious life, which leads to the infinite - which alone can explain God." - Honoré de Balzac

"All we are is in the soul." - Honoré de Balzac

"Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice." - Honoré de Balzac

"Emulation is not rivalry. Emulation is the child of ambition; rivalry is the unlovable daughter of envy." - Honoré de Balzac

"Envy lurks at the bottom of the human heart, like a viper in its hole." - Honoré de Balzac

"Evasion is unworthy of us, and is always the intimate of equivocation." - Honoré de Balzac

"Gentleness in the gait is what simplicity is in the dress. Violent gesture or quick movement inspires involuntary disrespect. One looks for a moment at a cascade; but one sits for hours, lost in thought, and gazing upon the still water of a lake. A deliberate gait, gentle manners, and a gracious tone of voice - all of which may be acquired - give a mediocre man an immense advantage over those vastly superior to him. To be bodily tranquil, to speak little, and to digest without effort are absolutely necessary to grandeur of mind or of presence, or to proper development of genius." - Honoré de Balzac

"Glory is a poison, good to be taken in small doses." - Honoré de Balzac

"Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littlenesses, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies." - Honoré de Balzac

"How can we explain the perpetuity of envy - a vice which yields no return?" - Honoré de Balzac

"It is no sin to be tempted; the wickedness lies in being overcome." - Honoré de Balzac

"Necessity is often the spur to genius." - Honoré de Balzac

"Nothing is irredeemably ugly but sin." - Honoré de Balzac

"Novelty is both delightful and deceptive." - Honoré de Balzac

"Sensuality is the death of the soul." - Honoré de Balzac

"Temperament is the thermometer of character." - Honoré de Balzac

"The more one judges, the less one loves." - Honoré de Balzac

"The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all and love but one." - Honoré de Balzac

"There are no little events with the heart. It magnifies everything; it places in the same scales the fall of an empire of fourteen years and the dropping of a woman’s glove, and almost always the glove weighs more than the empire." - Honoré de Balzac

"To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals - that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him." - Honoré de Balzac

"Beauty, like truth and justice, lives within us; like virtue, and like moral law, it is a companion of the soul." - George Bancroft

"Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape." - George Bancroft

"Falsehood and death are synonymous." - George Bancroft

"The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred." - George Bancroft

"The farther you enter into the truth, the deeper it is." - Bankei Yōtaku

"To be nothing is the result of doing nothing." - Harry F. Banks, real name possibly Harry Band

"To succeed, one must possess an effective combination of ability, ambition, courage, drive, hard work, integrity and loyalty." - Harry F. Banks, real name possibly Harry Band

"Courtesy, kindness, sincerity, truthfulness, thoughtfulness and good manners translated into behavior reflect one's true character." - Harry F. Banks, real name possibly Harry Band

"Do today what should be done. Your tomorrow may never come." - Harry F. Banks, real name possibly Harry Band

"Unrequited love is the meaning of life. We’re here to love but not to be loved, to give but not receive. Our mission in this world is to improve humanity and leave a better history than we found. Only selfless love has such power. Only love without interest or expectation of reward can change human beings... To give love without receiving love is the truest love and brings the greatest happiness there is in life." - Adolfo Barcella

"Envy destroys peace of mind and happiness. An envious person’s life is full of suffering and resentment. He is never happy with what he himself has." - Michael Barenbaum

"To love without criticism is to be betrayed." - Djuna Chappell Barnes

"If forsooth we have failed to achieve happiness by conquering more lands... by traveling faster on the surface of things, why not try digging deeper in our own domain... making our life more significant by making it more profound?" - Joseph L. Baron

"The strongest barrier to faith is selfishness." - Joseph L. Baron

"They truly mourn, that mourn without a witness." - Joseph L. Baron