The iron hand of necessity commands, and her stern decree is supreme law, to which the gods even must submit. In deep silence rules the uncounselled sister of eternal fate. Whatever she lays upon thee, endure; perform whatever she commands.
True religion teaches us to reverence what is under us, to recognize humility and poverty, and, despite mockery and disgrace, wretchedness, suffering, and death, as things divine.
For the butterfly, mating and propagation involve the sacrifice of life, for the human being, the sacrifice of beauty.
Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach.
Opponents fancy they refute us when they repeat their own opinion and pay no attention to ours.
Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.
What you desire when young, you have in abundance when old.
A good person, striving dimly,Is well aware of the right path.
What people call the spirit of the times is mostly their own spirit in which the times mirror themselves.
The most foolish of all errors is for clever young men to believe that they forfeit their originality in recognizing a truth which has already been recognized by others.
If we could do away with death, we wouldn't object; to do away with capital punishment will be more difficult. Were that to happen, we would reinstate it from time to time.
Treat a person as they are, they will remain so. Treat a person the way that person can be and is capable of being and that person will become as he or she can be and should be.
Investigate what is, and not what pleases.
If you lay duties upon people and give them no rights, you must pay them well.
Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
When you praise someone you call yourself his equal.
Sin writes histories, goodness is silent.[Ger., Das Uebel macht eine Geschichte und das Gute keine.]
If you are convinced of a matter, you must take sides or you don't deserve to succeed.
There is no trifling with nature; it is always true, grave, and severe; it is always in the light, and the faults and errors fall to our share. It defies incompetency, but reveals its secrets to the competent, the truthful, and the pure.
The right man is the one who seizes the moment. Johann Wolfgang von Go
Habit is a man's sole comfort. We dislike doing without even unpleasant things to which we have become accustomed.
There are situations in which hope and fear run together, in which they mutually destroy one another and lose themselves in dull indifference.
Of all thieves, fools are the worst; they rob you of time and temper.
If I work incessantly to the last, nature owes me another form of existence when the present one collapses.
I have learned much from disease which life could have never taught me anywhere else.
If the mass of people hesitate to act, strike with swiftly and with boldness, the brave heart that understands and seizes opportunity can everything.
Whatever necessity lays upon thee, endure; whatever she commands, do.
It would be a lowly art that allowed itself to be understood all at once.
It seems to me that every phenomenon, every fact, itself is the really interesting object. Whoever explains it, or connects it with other events, usually only amuses himself or makes sport of us, as, for instance, the naturalist or historian. But a single action or event is interesting, not because
Everything we do has a result. But that which is right and prudent does not always lead to good, nor the contrary to what is bad.