Great Throughts Treasury

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

Léon Bloy

French Novelist, Essayist, Pamphleteer and Critic

"Man has places in his heart which do not yet exist, and into them enters suffering, in order that they may have existence."

"Love does not make you weak, because it is the source of all strength, but it makes you see the nothingness of the illusory strength on which you depended before you knew it."

"Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God."

"We suffer from that which does not exist. That which is does not cause suffering."

"Suffering passes, but the fact of having suffered never passes."

"The worst evil is not the crime committed, but the failure to do the good one might have done."