I bid the chords sweet music make, And all must follow in my wake.
Assuredly there is no more lovely worship of God than that for which no image is required, but which springs up in our breast spontaneously when nature speaks to the soul, and the soul speaks to nature face to face.
But the valid issue is the extent to which man knows how to form and master the material at his command.
Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.
The finished man, you know, is difficult to please; a growing mind will ever show you gratitude. --Faust 1, lines 182-3
The child, offered the mother's breast, Will not in the beginning grab it; But soon it clings to it with zest. And thus at wisdom's copious breasts You'll drink each day with greater zest.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing
Time is a strange thing. It is a whimsical tyrant, which in every century has a different face for all that one says and does.
Three things are to be looked to in a building: that it stand on the right spot; that it is securely founded; that it be successfully executed.
Miracle is the pet child of faith.
Our senses don't deceive us: our judgment does
Modern poets add a lot of water to their ink.
Flowers are the beautiful hieroglyphics of nature with which she indicates how much she loves us.
Wild dreams torment me as I lie. And though a god lives in my heart, though all my power waken at his word, though he can move my every inmost part - yet nothing in the outer world is stirred. thus by existence tortured and oppressed I crave for death, I long for rest.
Yes! to this thought I hold with firm persistence;The last result of wisdom stamps it true;He only earns his freedom and existenceWho daily conquers them anew.
Who are you then?" "I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.
One cannot develop taste from what is of average quality but only from the very best.
It is the great triumph of genius to make the common appear novel.
What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.
The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.
If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.
The highest problem of any art is to cause by appearance the illusion of a higher reality.
Art is a severe business; most serious when employed in grand and sacred objects. The artist stands higher than art, higher than the object. He uses art for his purposes, and deals with the object after his own fashion.
Painting predicates what man wants to see, and what man ought to see, not what he ordinarily sees.
Voluntary dependence is the wonderful form of existence, and how could that be possible without love?
A lot of people do not care about your money until nearly penniless. They also do so with time
The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.
Woman is mistress of the art of completely imbittering the life of the person on whom she depends.
Before you can do something, you must first be something.
Accepting good advice means nothing other than to strengthen one's own ability.