Analysis and synthesis are both as necessary to the thinking spirit as inspiration and expiration to the organism.
As for solitude, I cannot understand how certain people seek to lay claim to intellectual stature, nobility of soul and strength of character, yet have not the slightest feeling for seclusion; for solitude, I maintain, when joined with a quiet contemplation of nature, a serene and conscious faith in
One mind is enough for a thousand hands.
National literature does not mean much these days; now is the age of world literature, and every one must contribute to hasten thearrival of that age.
When I consider the narrow limits within which our active and inquiring faculties are confined; when I see how all our energies are wasted in providing for mere necessities, which again have no further end than to prolong a wretched existence; and then that all our satisfaction concerning certain su
Where there are no women there are no good manners
Character is constructed amidst the tempests of the World
These auspicious aspects, which the astrologers subsequently interpreted for me, may have been the causes of my preservation.
For a brave man deserves a well-endowed girl.[Ger., Denn ein wackerer Mann verdient ein begutertes Madchen.]
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. 1
Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.
English plays, Atrocious in content, Absurd in form, Objectionable in action, Execrable EnglishTheatre.
Dispel not, the happy delusions of children.
Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences progress in even greater extent and depth, and the human mind widen itself as much as it desires: beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity, as it shines forth in the Gospels, it will not go.
Most men, even the most accomplished, are of limited faculties; every one sets a value on certain qualities in himself and others: these alone he is willing to favour, these alone will he have cultivated.
Great endowments often announce themselves in youth in the form of singularity and awkwardness.
The artist has a twofold relation to nature; he is at once her master and her slave.
We are the slaves of objects around us, and appear little or important according as these contract or give us room to expand.
Man believes himself always greater than he is, and is esteemed less than he is worth.
Profoundness, genius, spontaneity, merit, nobility, ingenuity, voice propriety, feeling, discernment, sensibility, good taste, great tone, rightness, courtliness, vivacity, boldness, style, freshness, harmony, perfection, imagination, purity, correctness. The greatest writer of all times. God's most
Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers. Johann Wolfgang von Go
The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.
The best pleasures of this world are not quite true.
The nude is the perfect expression of freedom. Freedom to be.
Flowers are the beautiful hieroglyphics of nature with which she indicates how much she loves us.
How marvelous, wide and broad is my Inheritance! Time is my property, my estate is time.
Whatever we think out, whatever we take in hand to do, should be perfectly and finally finished, that the world, if it must alter, will only have to spoil it; we have then nothing to do but unite the severed, to recollect and restore the dismembered.
Whether one show one's self a man of genius in science or compose a song, the only point is, whether the thought, the discovery, the deed, is living and can live on.
Treat people the way they are and they will stay that way. Treat people the way they can become and they will become that way.
As long as you are not aware of the continual law of Die and Be Again, you are merely a vague guest on a dark Earth.