Great Throughts Treasury

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

George Crabbe

English Poet and Naturalist

"Deceivers are the most dangerous members of society. They trifle with the best affections of our nature, and violate the most sacred obligations."

"Dreams are like portraits; and we find they please because they are confessed resemblances."

"Fears of sinning let in thoughts of sin."

"How often do we sigh for opportunities of doing good, whist we neglect the openings of Providence in little things, which would frequently lead to the accomplishment of most important usefulness!... Good is done by degrees. However small in proportion the benefits which follow individual attempts to do good, a great deal may thus be accomplished by perseverance, even in the midst of discouragements and disappointments."

"In idle wishes fools supinely stay; be there a will, and wisdom finds a way."

"Man yields to custom as he bows to fate - in all things, ruled, mind, body, and estate."

"Virtue alone is happiness below."

"Whatever amuses, serves to kill time, to lull the faculties, and to banish reflection. Whatever entertains, usually awakens the understanding or gratifies the fancy. Whatever diverts, is lively in its nature, and sometimes tumultuous in its effects."

"Wine is like anger; for it make us strong; blind and impatient; and leads us wrong; the strength is quickly lost; we feel the error long."

"A great lie is like a great fish on dry land; it may fret and fling, and make a frightful bother, but it cannot hurt you. You have only to keep still and it will die of itself."

"Let's learn to live, for we must die alone."

"In idle wishes fools supinely stay; be there a will and wisdom finds a way."