The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. Johann Wolfgang von Go
We cannot too soon convince ourselves how easily we may be dispensed with in the world. What important personages we imagine ourselves to be! We think that we alone are the life of the circle in which we move; in our absence, we fancy that life, existence, breath will come to a general pause, and, a
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
No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.
We gladly put antiquity above our age but not posterity. Only a father doesn't begrudge his son's talent.
By nature we have no defect that could not become a strength, no strength that could not become a defect.
When translating one must proceed up to the intranslatable; only then one becomes aware of the foreign nation and the foreign tongue.
A clever man commits no minor blunders.
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at. Johann Wolfgang von Go
Sceptics are yet the most credulous.
When she sees the leaves fall, they raise no other idea in her mind than that winter is approaching.
We are pantheists when we study nature, polytheists when we write poetry, monotheists in our morality.
If you have science and art,You also have religion;But if you don't have them,You better have religion.
Nature understands no jesting. She is always true, always serious, always severe. She is always right, and the errors are always those of man.
One must not criticize that which is common since it remains always the same.
Where a man has a passion for meditating without the capacity of thinking, a particular idea fixes itself fast, and soon creates a mental disease.
Every reader, if he has a strong mind, reads himself into the book, and amalgamates his thoughts with those of the author.
The little man is still a man.
The spectacle of Nature is always new, for she is always renewing the spectators. Life is her most exquisite invention; and death is her expert contrivance to get plenty of life.
Mere curiosity adds wings to every step.
What sort of God would it be, who only pushed from without.
There is nothing more fearful than imagination without taste.[Ger., Es ist nichts furchterlicher als Einbildungskraft ohne Geschmack.]
I have found a paper of mine among some others in which I call architecture 'petrified music.' Really there is something in this; the tone of mind produced by architecture approaches the effect of music.
One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.
When I err every one can see it, but not when I lie.[Ger., Wenn ich irre kann es jeder bemerken; wenn ich luge, nicht.]
If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.
Of the book of books most wondrous is the tender book of love.
It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.
There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.
He who does not stretch himself according to the coverlet finds his feet uncovered.