A resolution that is communicated is no longer within thy power; thy attentions become now the plaything of chance; he who would have his commands certainly carried out must take man by surprise.
To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed That can make life a garden.
These auspicious aspects, which the astrologers subsequently interpreted for me, may have been the causes of my preservation.
Patriotism ruins history.
Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place in conversation.
It is always a sign of an unproductive time when it concerns itself with petty and technical aspects [in philology], and likewiseit is a sign of an unproductive person to pursue such trifles.
To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods.
Pain and pleasure, good and evil, come to us from unexpected sources. It is not there where we have gathered up our brightest hopes, that the dawn of happiness breaks. It is not there where we have glanced our eye with affright, that we find the deadliest gloom. What should this teach us? To bow to
Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiss nichts von seiner eigenen.He who is ignorant of foreign languages, knows not his own.
We are pantheists when we study nature, polytheists when we write poetry, monotheists in our morality.
It's true that nothing in this world makes us so necessary to others as the affection we have for them.
Just as, out of habit, one consults a run-down clock as though it were still going, so too one may look at the face of a beautiful woman as though he still loved her.
A person hears only what they understand.
Let us not dream that reason can ever be popular. Passions, emotions, may be made popular; but reason remains ever the property of an elect few.
A useless life is an early death.
Thus one can observe that those who proclaim piety as their goal and purpose usually turn into hypocrites.
It is a maxim of wise government to treat people not as they should be but as they actually are.
One lives but once in the world.
Humans fear reason, but they ought to fear stupidity- for reason can be hard, but stupidity can be fatal.
A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
When she sees the leaves fall, they raise no other idea in her mind than that winter is approaching.
A great artist... must be shaken by the naked truths that will not be comforted. This divine discontent, this disequilibrium, this state of inner tension is the source of artistic energy.
For a strolling damsel a doubtful reputation bears.
And we went our separate ways without having understood each other. As in this world nobody understands the other easily.
Mastery passes often for egotism. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
The ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquility.
The one who always strives,That one can be redeemed.
A man is really alive only when he delights in the good-will of others.
The soul of the Christian religion is reverence.
It makes no good to point the failures out without showing at the same time the remedy to address them.