Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
When two people are really happy about one another one can generally assume they are mistaken.
The world only goes forward because of those who oppose it.
If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
Nothing is more revolting than the majority; for it consists of few vigorous predecessors, of knaves who accommodate themselves, of weak people who assimilate themselves, and the mass that toddles after them without knowing in the least what it wants
Nature reacts not only to physical disease, but also to moral weakness; when the danger increases; she gives us greater courage
And those whom once my song had cheered and gladdened, If still they live, rove through the world now saddened.
What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.
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
When you are in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. We don't get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like.
Wisdom is only found in truth.
Everything great and intelligent is in the minority
It is said, that no one is a hero to their butler. The reason is, that it requires a hero to recognize a hero. The butler, however, will probably know well how to estimate his equals.
Women are silver dishes into which we put golden apples.
Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
Over all the mountain tops is peace. In all treetops you perceive scarcely a breath. The little birds in the forest are silent. Wait then; soon, you too, will have peace.
Where I cannot be moral, my power is gone.
People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.
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.
Dauer in Wechsel.Duration in change.
Our virtues and view spring from one root.
One spares old people just as one spares children.
A state of true and universal tolerance is best ensured by leaving alone the peculiarities of men and peoples.
Since I have heard often enough that everyone in the end has his own religion, nothing seemed more natural to me than to fashion my own.
Superstition is the poesy of practical life; hence, a poet is none the worse for being superstitious.
Normally, the sciences distance themselves from life and the return to it via a detour.
Don't say that you want to give, but go ahead and give! You'll never catch up with a mere hope.
No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.
A good man, through obscurest aspirations Has still an instinct of the one true way.
Oblivion is full of people who allow the opinions of others to overrule their belief in themselves.