Great Throughts Treasury

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Benjamin Franklin

If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality, since lost time is never found again; and what we call time enough always proves little enough. Let us then be up and doing, and doing to the purpose; so by diligence shall we do more with less perplexity.

Character | Diligence | Enough | Little | Perplexity | Prodigality | Purpose | Purpose | Time |

Horace, full name Quintus Horatius Flaccus NULL

Misfortunes display the skill of a general, prosperous circumstances conceal his weakness.

Character | Circumstances | Display | Skill | Weakness |

David Starr Jordan

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.

Character | Knowing | Skill | Virtue | Virtue | Wisdom |

Friedrich Schiller, fully Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.

Character | Patience | Skill | Will |

Jonathan Swift, pen names, M.B. Drapier, Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff

There is no vice or folly that requires so much nicety and skill to manage as vanity; nor any which by ill management makes so contemptible a figure.

Character | Folly | Skill | Vice |

John H. Vincent, fully John Heyl Vincent

I will this day try to live a simple, sincere, and serene life; repelling promptly every thought of discontent, anxiety, discouragement, impurity, and self-seeking; cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence; exercising economy in expenditure, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a childlike trust in God.

Anxiety | Anxiety | Character | Charity | Cheerfulness | Conversation | Day | Diligence | Discontent | Fidelity | God | Habit | Life | Life | Magnanimity | Self | Service | Silence | Thought | Trust | Will | Thought |

Carleton Washburne

In our thinking we must preserve an open and enquiring mind, an ability to see things through the eyes of our opponents, a skill for understanding the motives and thoughts of those whom we oppose. Yet we must act in the light of the best knowledge and reason available to us at the moment.

Ability | Character | Knowledge | Light | Mind | Motives | Reason | Skill | Thinking | Understanding | Wisdom |

Daniel Webster

Accuracy and diligence are much more necessary to a lawyer than great comprehension of mind, or brilliancy of talent.

Accuracy | Character | Diligence | Mind |

Virginia Gildersleeve, fully Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve

The ability to think straight, some knowledge of the past, some vision of the future, some skill to do useful service some urge to fit that service into the well-being of the community - these are the most vital things education must try to produce.

Ability | Education | Future | Knowledge | Past | Service | Skill | Vision | Wisdom | Think |

Howard Gardner, fully Howard Earl Gardner

In the conventional [intelligence] test, the child is confronted by an adult who fires at him a rapid series of questions. The child is expected to give a single answer (or, when somewhat older, to write down his answer or to select it from a set of choices). A premium is placed on linguistic facility, on certain logical-mathematical abilities, and on a kind of social skill at negotiating the situation with an elder in one's presence. These factors can all intrude when one is trying to assess another kind of intelligence -- say, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, or spatial.

Intelligence | Skill | Wisdom | Child |

Philip J. Hilts, fully Philip James Hilts

In all human activities, it is not ideas or machines that dominate; it is people. I have heard people speak of “the effect of personality on science.” But this is a backward thought. Rather, we should talk about he effect of science on personalities. Science is not the dispassionate analysis of impartial data. It is the human, and thus passionate, exercise of skill and sense on such date. Science is not an exercise in objectivity, but, more accurately, an exercise in which objectivity is prized.

Ideas | Machines | Objectivity | People | Personality | Science | Sense | Skill | Thought | Wisdom |

John Locke

We are born with faculties and powers capable of almost anything, such as at least would carry us further than can be easily imagined; but it is only the exercise of those powers which gives us ability and skill in anything, and leads us towards perfection.

Ability | Perfection | Skill | Wisdom |

Jeremy Taylor

What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster? To see rare effects, and no cause; a motion, without a mover; a circle, without a centre; a time, without an eternity; a second, without a first: these are things so against philosophy and natural reason, that he must be a beast in understanding who can believe in them. The thing formed, says that nothing formed it; and that which is made, is, while that which made it is not! This folly is infinite!

Art | Cause | Chance | Earth | Eternity | Folly | Heaven | Nothing | Philosophy | Reason | Skill | Time | Understanding | Wisdom | Art | Think |

W. Norris Clarke

Uncontrolled technology can certainly bring down disaster, perhaps irreparable, as our race. The only protection against it is a growth in man’s spiritual and moral maturity proportionate to his growth in technical skill and power.

Growth | Man | Power | Race | Skill | Technology |