Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes


"When a man loses his health, then he first begins to take good care of it." - Josh Billings, pen name for Henry Wheeler Shaw, aka Uncle Esek

"I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for hours will take care of themselves." - Lord Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

"Take care of the pence, and the pounds will take care of themselves." - Lord Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

"We are, in truth, more than half what we are by imitation. The great point is, to choose good models and to study them with care." - Lord Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

"The feeling of being valuable is a cornerstone of self-discipline because when you consider yourself valuable you will take care of yourself - including things like using your time well. In this way, self-discipline is self-caring." - M. Scott Peck, fully Morgan Scott Peck

"Essential to a happy life is freedom from care." - Cicero, fully Marcus Tullius Cicero, anglicized as Tully NULL

"I care more for that long age which I shall never see than for my own small share of time." - Cicero, fully Marcus Tullius Cicero, anglicized as Tully NULL

"The male form of a female liberationist is a male liberationist - a man who realizes the unfairness of having to work all his life to support a wife and children so that someday his widow may live in comfort, a man who points out that commuting to a job he doesn’t like is just as oppressive as his wife’s imprisonment in a suburb, a man who rejects his exclusion, by society and most women, from participation in childbirth and the engrossing, delightful care of young children - a man, in fact, who wants to relate himself to people and the world around him." - Margaret Mead

"I don’t care how much my ministers talk – as long as they do what I say." - Margaret Thatcher, fully Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, née Roberts

"Just because a child’s parents are poor or uneducated is no reason to deprive the child of basic human rights to health care, education, proper nutrition. Clearly we ignore the needs of black children, poor children, and handicapped children in the country." - Marian Wright Edelman

"You really can change the world if you care enough" - Marian Wright Edelman

"There is a burden of care in getting riches, fear in keeping them, temptation in using them, guilt in abusing them, sorrow in losing them, and a burden of account at last to be given up concerning them." - Matthew Henry

"Goodness makes greatness truly valuable, and greatness make goodness much more serviceable." - Matthew Henry

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded." - Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson

"We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care, because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted." - Napoleon Hill

"The love of posterity is the consequence of the necessity of death. If a man were sure of living forever here, he would not care about his offspring." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"It is not less a virtue to take care of property than to acquire it." - Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso NULL

"I learned a great lesson: First comes my duty to God, and then I take care of all lesser duties." - Paramahansa Yogananda, born Mukunda Lal Ghosh

"He gave man speech, and speech created thought, which is the measure of the universe; and science struck the thrones of earth and heaven, which shook, but fell not; and the harmonious mind poured itself forth in all-prophetic song; and music lifted up the listening spirit until it walked, except from mortal care, Godlike, o’er the clear billows of sweet sound." - Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time." -

"Disclose not to stranger your burden of care." - Pindar NULL

"All which a man has belongs to those who gave him birth and brought him up, and that he must do all that he can to minister to them, first, in his property, secondly, in his person, and thirdly, in his soul, in return for the endless care and travail which they bestowed upon him of old, in the days of his infancy, and which he is now to pay back to them when they are old and in the extremity of their need." - Plato NULL

"I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don't care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life any time he is ready and prepared to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lies within." - Preston Bradley

"Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well. He has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Every man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he do not cheat his neighbor." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You can take better care of your secret than another." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"This crime called blasphemy was invented by priests for the purpose of defending doctrines not able to take care of themselves." - Robert Ingersoll, fully Robert Green "Bob" Ingersoll

"The golden thread of a highly successful and meaningful life is self-discipline. Discipline allows you to do all those things you know in your heart you should do but never feel like doing. Without self-discipline, you will not set clear goals, manage your time effectively, treat people well, persist through the tough times, care for your health, or think positive thoughts." - Robin Sharma

"The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care." - Philip Sidney, fully Sir Philip Sidney

"Take special care for that thou delight not in wine; for there never was any man who came to honor, or preferment that loved it; for it transformeth a man into a beast, decayeth health, poisoneth the breath, destroyeth natural heat, brings a man’s stomach to an artificial heat, deformeth the face, rotteth the teeth, and to conclude, maketh a man contemptible, soon old, and despised of all wise and worth men; hated in thy servants, in thyself, and companions; for it is a bewitching and infectious vice." - Walter Raleigh, fully Sir Walter Raleigh

"What thou givest after thy death, remember that thou givest it to a stranger, and most times to an enemy; for he that shall marry thy wife will despise thee, thy memory and thine, and shall possess the quiet of thy labors, the fruit which thou hast planted, enjoy thy love, and spend with joy and ease what thou hast spared and gotten with care and travail." - Walter Raleigh, fully Sir Walter Raleigh

"When all is done, human life is, at the greatest and beset, but like a forward child that must be played with and humored a little to keep it quite till it falls asleep, and then the care is over." - William Temple, fully Sir William Temple, 1st Baronet

"I have indeed no business n life than to go about persuading you all, young and old, to care less for your bodies and your possessions and to make the protection of your souls your chief concern." - Socrates NULL

"A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools." - Spanish Proverbs

"More and more people care about religious tolerance as fewer and fewer care about religion." - Stuart Alexander Chase

"Whether or not the philosophers care to admit that we have a soul, it seems obvious that we are equipped with something or other which generates dreams and ideals, and which sets up values." - Thomas Erskine, aka Thomas Erskine of Linlathen

"Want of Care does us more Damage than want of Knowledge." - Thomas Fuller

"It is not possible to care for the soul while violating or disregarding one's own moral sensibility" - Thomas Moore

"Care of the soul is a fundamentally different way of regarding daily life and the quest for happiness. The emphasis may not be on problems at all... Care of the soul is a continuous process that concerns itself not so much with "fixing" a central flaw as with attending to the small details of everyday life, as well as to major decisions and changes... Our souls are inseparable from the world's soul... "Soul" is not a thing, but a quality or a dimension of experiencing life and ourselves... Observance is homeopathic in its workings rather than allopathic, in the paradoxical way that it befriends a problem rather than making an enemy of it... All work on the soul takes the form of a circle." - Thomas Moore

"The soul is more interested in particulars than in generalities. That is true of personal identity as well. Identifying with a group or a syndrome or a diagnosis is giving in to an abstraction. Soul provides a strong sense of individuality - personal destiny, special influences and background, and unique stories. In the face of overwhelming need for both emergency and chronic care, the mental health system labels people schizophrenics, alcoholics, and survivors so that it can bring some order to the chaos of life at home and on the street, but each person has a special story to tell, no matter how many common themes it contains." - Thomas Moore

"Do not think about your character. If you think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself." - Woodrow Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson

"Freedom exists only where the people take care of the government." - Woodrow Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson

"If you think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself." - Woodrow Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson

"O, polished perturbation! golden care that keepest the ports of slumber open wide to many a watchful night!" -

"Duty is above all consequences, and often, at a crisis of difficulty, commands us to throw them overboard. It commands us to look neither to the right, nor to the left, but straight onward. Hence every act of duty is an act of faith. It is performed in the assurance that God will take care of the consequences, and will so order the course of the world, that, whatever the immediate results may be, His word shall not return to Him void." - Aubrey de Vere, fully Aubrey Albericus de Vere NULL

"Neither acquiescence in skepticism nor acquiescence in dogma is what education should produce. What it should produce is a belief that knowledge is attainable in a measure, though with difficulty; that much of what passes for knowledge at any given time is likely to be more or less mistaken, but that the mistakes can be rectified by care and industry... Knowledge, like other good things, is difficult, but not impossible; the dogmatist forgets the difficulty, the skeptic denies the possibility. Both are mistaken, and their errors, when widespread, produce social disaster." - Bertrand Russell, fully Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

"Few persons care to study logic, because everybody conceives himself to be proficient enough in the art of reasoning already. But I observe that this satisfaction is limited to one’s own ratiocination, and does not extend to that of other men." - C. S. Peirce, fully Charles Sanders Peirce

"Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. " - Colin Powell, fully Colin Luther Powell

"If you want to take care of tomorrow, take better care of today. We always live now. All we have to do is entrust ourselves to the life we now live." - Dainin Katagiri, fully Jikai Dainin Katagiri, aka Hojo-san Katagiri