What must the English and French think of the language of our philosophers when we Germans do not understand it ourselves?
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
I bid the chords sweet music make, And all must follow in my wake.
What one doesn't understand one doesn't possess.
Lord Byron is only great as a poet; as soon as he reflects he is a child.
We don't get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like.
Ill-humor is nothing more than an inward feeling of our own want of merit, a dissatisfaction with ourselves which is always united with an envy that foolish vanity excites.
Are we not also married to conscience which we would love to get rid of often enough since it is more bothersome than a man or a woman ever could become?
Man can find no better retreat from the world than art, and man can find no stronger link with the world than art.
They teach in academies far too many things, and far too much that is useless.
It is belief in the Bible, the fruits of deep meditation, which has served me as the guide of my moral and literary life. I have found capital safely invested and richly productive of interest, although I have sometimes made but a bad use of it.
We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.
We see only what we know.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
A distracted existence leads us to no goal
A noble soul alone can noble souls attract; And knows alone, as ye, to hold them.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
Normally, the sciences distance themselves from life and the return to it via a detour.
Let us live, while we are alive!
Each ten years of a man's life has its own fortunes, its own hopes, its own desires.
I will be lord over myself.
Great passions are incurable diseases.
Nobody, they say, is a hero to his valet. Of course; for a man must be a hero to understand a hero. The valet, I dare say, has great respect for some person of his own stamp.
To the world you might be one person, but to one person, you might be the world. Kindness is the golden chain by which our world is bound together.
If one mistreats citizens of foreign countries, one infringes upon one's duty toward one's own subjects; for thus one exposes themto the law of retribution.
If all these devils really exist it proves there must be angels, too.
Nothing is so atrocious as fancy without taste.
Ohne Hast, aber ohne Rast. - Without haste, but without rest.
There are three classes of readers; some enjoy without judgment; others judge without enjoyment; and some there are who judge while they enjoy, and enjoy while they judge. The latter class reproduces the work of art on which it is engaged. Its numbers are very small.
Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see