Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes


"By and large books are mankind's best invention." - Ursula Le Guin, fully Ursula Kroeber Le Guin

"When we are convinced of some great truths, and feel our convictions keenly, we must not fear to express it, although others have said it before us. Every thought is new when an author expresses it in a manner peculiar to himself." - Vauvenargues, Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues NULL

"Every one of us is endowed with great mercy and compassion." - Hung Tzu-ch'eng, also Hong Zicheng or Hóng Zìchéng, born Hong Yingming

"Speculation is carried on in safety, but, when it comes to action, fear causes failure." - Thucydides NULL

"The growth of the power of Athens, and the alarm which this inspired in Sparta, made war inevitable." - Thucydides NULL

"Be bright and jovial among your guests tonight." - William Shakespeare

"BOTTOM: What is Pyramus? A lover or a tyrant? QUINCE: A lover that kills himself, most gallant, for love. Bottom. That will ask some tears in the true performing of it. If I do it, let the audience look to their eyes." - William Shakespeare

"But I remember, when the fight was done, when I was dry with rage and extreme toil, breathless and faint, leaning upon my sword, came there a certain lord, neat and trimly dressed, fresh as a bridegroom, and his chin new reaped showed like a stubble land at harvest home. Henry IV, Part I, Act I, Scene 3" - William Shakespeare

"Most frequently we make confidants from vanity, a love of talking, a wish to win the confidence of others, and to make an exchange of secrets." - François de La Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

"Oh, what a bitter thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes." - William Shakespeare

"It is better for us that the catastrophe happens instead of waiting for it." - Egyptian Proverbs

"Although my royal rank causes me to doubt whether my kingdom is not more sought after than myself, yet I understand that you have found other graces in me." - Elizabeth II, born Elizabeth Alexandra May NULL

"God, the bitter misery that reading works into this world! Everybody knows that - everbody who IS everybody. All the best minds have been off reading for years. Look at the swing La Rouchefoucauld took at it. He said that if nobody had ever learned to read, very few people would be in love. Good for you, La Rouchefoucauld; nice going, boy. I wish I’d never learned to read." - Dorothy Parker

"As they have dared, so shall I dare. Dare to tell the truth, as I have pledged to tell it, in full, since the normal channels of justice have failed to do so." - Emile Zola

"Prayer is always the solution. No matter what kind of difficulty may be facing you, no matter how complicated your problem may seem – prayer can solve it. Of course you will also take whatever practical steps seem to be indicated, and if you do not know what steps to take, prayer will show you. Prayer is constantly bringing about the seemingly impossible, and there is no conceivable problem that has not at some time been solved by prayer." - Emmet Fox

"This was the price you paid for sleeping together. This was the end of the trap. This was what people got for loving each other." - Ernest Hemingway, fully Ernest Miller Hemingway

"To be a successful father there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years." - Ernest Hemingway, fully Ernest Miller Hemingway

"A poor beggar is the one who begs without a bag." - Estonian Proverbs

"If the heart is sad, tears will flow." - Ethiopian Proverbs

"Wealth stays with us a little moment if at all: only our characters are steadfast, not our gold." - Euripedes NULL

"What are these fundamental principles which have allowed the United States to progress so rapidly and yet remain free? First, a written Constitution clearly defining the limits of government so that government will not become more powerful than the people." - Ezra Taft Benson

"A prohibitionist is the sort of man one couldn't care to drink with, even if he drank." - H. L. Mencken, fully Henry Louis Mencken

"If your economy grows [by] 4 percent, you ought to reduce child mortality 4 percent." - Hans Rosling

"To confessor, doctor, and lawyer do not hide the truth." - Italian Proverbs

"With patience you go beyond knowledge." - Italian Proverbs