When you lose interest in anything, you also lose the memory for it.
The clever reader who is capable or reading between these lines what does not stand written in them but is nevertheless implied will be able to form some conception.
We lay aside letters never to read them again, and at last we destroy them out discretion, and so disappears the most immediate breath of life, irrecoverably for ourselves and for others.
People do not mind their faults being spread out before them, but they become impatient if called on to give them up.
Don't say that you want to give, but go ahead and give! You'll never catch up with a mere hope.
To rule is easy, to govern difficult.
Error is acceptable as long as we are young; but one must not drag it along into old age. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
Freedom consists not in refusing to recognize anything above us, but in respecting something which is above us; for by respecting it, we raise ourselves to it, and, by our very acknowledgment, prove that we bear within ourselves what is higher, and are worthy to be on a level with it.
You shall abstain, shall abstain. That is the eternal song.
It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
Reason looks at necessity as the basis of the world; reason is able to turn chance in your favor and use it. Only by having reasonremain strong and unshakable can we be called a god of the earth.
Basic characteristics of an individual organism: to divide, to unite, to merge into the universal, to abide in the particular, to transform itself, to define itself, and as living things tend to appear under a thousand conditions, to arise and vanish, to solidify and melt, to freeze and flow, to exp
Perseverance is a silent power that grows irresistibly greater with time.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
There are people who pay attention to the weaknesses of their friends; that is to no avail. I have always closely watched and profited from the strengths of my adversaries.
Whatever Nature undertakes, she can only accomplish it in a sequence. She never makes a leap.
Ah, how often I've cursed those foolish pages, That showed my youthful sufferings to everyone! If Werther had been my brother, and I'd killed him, His sad ghost could hardly have persecuted me more.
Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time.
I laugh at my heart, and do its will
We can offer up much in the large, but to make sacrifices in little things is what we are seldom equal to.
The little man is still a man.
Es irrt der Mensch, so lang er strebt. Man errs as long as he strives.
What one has wished for in youth, in old age one has in abundance.
Few people have the imagination for reality.
Painting and tattooing the body is a return to animalism.
Nothing tells more about the character of a man than the things he makes fun of.
Association with women is the basis of good manners.
Then to the depths! - I could as well say height: It's all the same.
The mob has nothing to lose, everything to gain.
Would you require a wretched being, whose life is slowly wasting under a lingering disease, to despatch himself at once by the stroke of a dagger? Does not the very disorder which consumes his strength deprive him of the courage to effect his deliverance?