Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes


"Do you think that Dante has fewer things to say than Machiavelli? Is the underworld of civilization, because it is deeper and gloomier, less important than the upper? Do we really know the mountain when we do not know the cavern?" - Victor Hugo

"Happiness will not come from happiness; but only from pain. We know the value of standing in shade only after roaming in the hot day sun." - Atharva Veda, or Atharvaveda

"Anybody trying to become an efficient ruler should try to imbibe all these good qualities." - Yajur Veda, or Yajurveda

"One’s innermost thoughts and emotions reflect on one’s physical appearance which it is difficult to cover up however one may try to do it. Such changes in one’s physical appearance forcefully expose such innermost emotions and thoughts." - Valmiki NULL

"Wholly new forms of encyclopedias will appear, ready-made with a mesh of associative trails running through them, ready to be dropped into the memex and there amplified. The lawyer has at his touch the associated opinions and decisions of his whole experience, and of the experience of friends and authorities. The patent attorney has on call the millions of issued patents, with familiar trails to every point of his client's interest. The physician, puzzled by its patient's reactions, strikes the trail established in studying an earlier similar case, and runs rapidly through analogous case histories, with side references to the classics for the pertinent anatomy and histology. The chemist, struggling with the synthesis of an organic compound, has all the chemical literature before him in his laboratory, with trails following the analogies of compounds, and side trails to their physical and chemical behavior." - Vannevar Bush

"No camel route is long with good company." - Turkish Proverbs

"The fact that no two major countries have done to war since they both got McDonald’s is partly due to economic integration, but it is also due to the presence of American power and America’s willingness to use that power against those who would threaten the system of globalization–from Iraq to North Korea. The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist.[...] McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the US Air Force F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies to flourish is called the US Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. And these fighting forces and institutions are paid for by American taxpayer dollars." - Thomas L. Friedman, fully Thomas Lauren Friedman

"From the Vedas we learn a practical art of surgery, medicine, music, house building under which mechanized art is included. They are encyclopedia of every aspect of life, culture, religion, science, ethics, law, cosmology and meteorology." - William James

"The most immutable barrier in nature is between one man's thoughts and another's." - William James

"The technology involved in making anything invisible is so infinitely complex that nine hundred and ninety-nine billion, nine hundred and ninety-nine million, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine times out of a trillion it is much simpler and more effective just to take the thing away and do without it." - Douglas Adams, fully Douglas Noel Adams

"Isn't connecting people to distant lands and culture one of the strengths of good literature?" - Elif Safak

"How cruelly sweet are the echoes that start, when memory plays an old tune on the heart." - Eliza Cook

"Imagine mental Port… he is probably a dilapidated port, torn by storms, but the location is good and suitable depth. Port mind is an open bay, it is the only entrance to the island of self (the young and volcanic island, yes, but fertile and promising). This island has fought some wars, but is now committed to peace, led by a new leader (i) develop new policies to protect the place. now, there is much more stringent laws regarding who enters this port... if you can, my dear my thoughts commitment these new laws, Welcome, Otherwise, Feltrdjaa the sea, from where I came from." - Elizabeth Gilbert

"The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental; it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust." - Elizabeth Browning, fully Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"Anarchism, then, really stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. Anarchism stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals for the purpose of producing real social wealth; an order that will guarantee to every human being free access to the earth and full enjoyment of the necessities of life, according to individual desires, tastes, and inclinations." - Emma Goldman

"And the Truth turns out to be nothing less than the amazing but undeniable fact that the whole outer world -whether it be the physical body, the common things of life, the winds and the rain, the clouds, the earth itself -is amenable to man's thought, and that he had dominion over it when he knows it." - Emmet Fox

"The whole of our life's experience is but the outer expression of inner thought." - Emmet Fox

"Raising a family wasn't something I put on my resumé, but I have to ask myself, would I apply for the same job again?" - Erma Bombeck, fully Erma Louise Bombeck, born Erma Fiste

"Don't think of what you have to do, don't consider how to carry it out! he exclaimed. The shot will only go smoothly when it takes the archer himself by surprise." - Eugen Herrigel

"outward realization must occur automatically, in no further need of the controlling or reflecting intelligence." - Eugen Herrigel

"And the great question for mankind is what is to be loved or hated next, whenever and old love or fear has lost its hold." - Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

"In matters of faith, inconvenient evidence is always suppressed while contradictions go unnoticed." - Gore Vidal, fully Eugene Luther Gore Vidal

"As we cleanse the inner vessel, there will have to be changes made in our own personal lives, in our families, and in the Church. The proud do not change to improve, but defend their position by rationalizing. Repentance means change, and it takes a humble person to change. But we can do it." - Ezra Taft Benson

"One good yardstick as to whether a person might be the right one for you is this: in her presence, do you think your noblest thoughts, do you aspire to your finest deeds, do you wish you were better than you are?" - Ezra Taft Benson

"No verse is libre for the man who wants to do a good job." - Ezra Pound, fully Ezra Weston Loomis Pound

"If Muslims curse the Christians, then the Christians will curse the Muslims. And people will curse Allah, and Allah will hold us responsible for that." - Feisal Abdul Rauf

"The office of the religious teacher is to be a seer, and to make others see, and thus to win them into the upward way." - Felix Adler

"The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action. What its great thinkers have thought and written on the deepest problems of life, shall we not hear and enjoy? The future calls upon us to prepare its way. Dare we fail to answer its solemn summons?" - Felix Adler

"To-day, in the estimation of many, science and art are taking the place of religion. But science and art alike are inadequate to build up character and to furnish binding rules of conduct. We need also a clearer understanding of applied ethics, a better insight into the specific duties of life, a finer and a surer moral tact." - Felix Adler

"One enemy is too many and a hundred friends aren't enough." -

"In many ways,' answered the wizard. 'It is far more powerful than I ever dared to think at first, so powerful that in the end it would utterly overcome anyone of mortal race who possessed it. It would possess him." - J. R. R. Tolkien, fully John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

"It was now Frodo's turn to feel pleased with himself. He capered about on the table; and when he came up a second time to the cow jumped over the Moon, he leaped in the air. Much too vigorously; for he came down, bang, into a tray full of mugs, and slipped, and rolled off the table with a crash, clatter, and bump! The audience all opened their mouths wide for laughter, and stopped short in gaping silence; for the singer disappeared. He simply vanished, as if he had gone slap through the floor without leaving a hole!" - J. R. R. Tolkien, fully John Ronald Reuel Tolkien