I bid the chords sweet music make, And all must follow in my wake.
Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.
But when all is said, the greatest art is to limit and isolate oneself.
The older I get the more I trust in the law according to which the rose and the lily bloom.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
For a strolling damsel a doubtful reputation bears.
We will burn that bridge when we come to it.
The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.
General ideas and great conceit are always a fair way to bring about terrible misfortune.
Night is the other half of life, and the better half.
Colour itself is a degree of darkness.
Great endowments often announce themselves in youth in the form of singularity and awkwardness.
To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.
The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.
Wishes are premonitions of abilities.
The coward only threatens when he is safe.
A person hears only what they understand.
A rainbow which lasts for a quarter of an hour is looked at no longer.
Two souls, alas, are housed within my breast, and each will wrestle for the mastery there.
Because everyone uses language to talk, everyone thinks he can talk about language.
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Begin it now.
We can really respect a man only if he doesn't always look out for himself.
Love can do much, but duty more.
Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity.
The highest goal that man can achieve is amazement.
Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.
What dazzles, for the moment spends its spirit; Whats genuine, shall posterity inherit.
Some people spend the day in complaining of a headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it.
All theory, my friend, is grey, But green is life's glad golden tree.
On top of the world, or in the depths of despair.
Nothing should be valued higher than the value of the day.
One should not search for anything behind the phenomena. They themselves are the message.
We are all pilgrims who seek Italy.
So divinely is the world organized that every one of us, in our place and time, is in balance with everything else.
Of all peoples the Greeks have dreamt the dream of life best.
Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.
There is no outward sign of true courtesy that does not rest on a deep moral foundation.
It is bad governments, not bad people, who cause revolutions.
Thou tremblest before anticipated ills, and still bemoanest what thou never losest.
Who longs in solitude to live, Ah! soon his wish will gain: Men hope and love, men get and give, and leave him to his pain.
What people call the spirit of the times is mostly their own spirit in which the times mirror themselves.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
The present is a powerful deity.
The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.
The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.
He who is and remains true to himself and to others has the most attractive quality of the greatest talent.
A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.
We would not say very much in company if we realized how often we misunderstand what others say.
But there are times," said Charlotte, "when it is necessary and an act of friendship to write nothing rather than not to write.
In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.
The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.
Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.
I could be living the best and happiest of lives if only I were not a fool.
Superstition is part of the poetry of life.
Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and the we'll need no other light.
Just trust yourself and you'll learn the art of living.
Lord Byron is only great as a poet; as soon as he reflects he is a child.
The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.
Hypotheses are lullabies for teachers to sing their students to sleep.
Enthusiasm is of the greatest value, so long as we are not carried away by it.
Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.
I let everyone follow his own bent, that I may be free to follow mine.
He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own.
Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune's always here.
We are pantheists as natural scientists, polytheists as poets, and monotheists as moral beings.
Poetry is the universal possession of mankind, revealing itself everywhere, and at all times, in hundreds and hundreds of men.
Nothing puts me so completely out of patience as the utterance of a wretched commonplace when I am talking from my inmost heart.
What then is your duty? What the day demands.
Viewed from the summit of reason, all life looks like a malignant disease and the world like a madhouse.
True works of art contain their own theory and give us the measurement according to which we should judge them.
I can tell you, honest friend, what to believe: believe life; it teaches better that book or orator.
It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.
These auspicious aspects, which the astrologers subsequently interpreted for me, may have been the causes of my preservation.
The world remains ever the same.
Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.
Make the most of time, it flies away so fast; yet method will teach you to win time.
Our wishes are presentiments of the abilities that lie in us, harbingers of what we will be able to accomplish.
Doubt grows with knowledge.
Character is constructed amidst the tempests of the World.
Gifts come from above in their own peculiar forms.
Only air and light and the love of friends! Let no man lose heart who still has these.
We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.
A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government.
Talent is nurtured in solitude; character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own.
Money lost, something lost. Honor lost, much lost. Courage lost, everything lost-better you were never born.
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
Action has magic, grace and power in it.
The confidant of my vices is my master, though he were my valet.
True art can only spring from the intimate linking of the serious and the playful.
Marriage is the beginning and pinnacle of civilization.
After fifteen minutes nobody looks at a rainbow.
Still this planet's soil for noble deeds grants scope abounding.
What matters in art is not thinking but making.
I will not be as those who spend the day in complaining of headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it.
To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state.
The person who in shaky times also wavers only increases the evil, but the person of firm decision fashions the universe.
Error is to truth as sleep is to waking. I have observed that one turns, as if refreshed, from error back to truth.
Love does not dominate; it cultivates.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
To quit smoking, you must first want to quit, but then you must also do the quitting.
The flowers are full of honey, but only the bee finds out the sweetness.
All our knowledge is symbolic.
The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.
The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
One spares old people just as one spares children.
Literature decays only as men become more and more corrupt.
Dispel not, the happy delusions of children.
One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.
The arts are the salt of the earth; as salt relates to food, the arts relate to technology.
It is one of Heaven's best gifts to hold such a dear creature in one's arms.
The happy do not believe in miracles.
Everything is just how I imagined it, yet everything is new.
The effects of good music are not just because it's new; on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it.
There are men who never err, because they never propose anything rational.
Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.
You don't love if you don't take the beloved's faults for virtues.
Prudent and active men, who know their strength and use it with limit and circumspection, alone go far in the affairs of the world.
Normally, the sciences distance themselves from life and the return to it via a detour.
A well-bred carriage is difficult to imitate; for in strictness it is negative, and it implies a long-continued previous training.
How many kings are governed by their ministers, how many ministers by their secretaries? Who, in such cases, is really the chief?
Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do.
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
No prudent antagonist thinks light of his adversaries.
There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.
All that is noble is in itself of a quiet nature, and appears to sleep until it is aroused and summoned forth by contrast.
He who is resolute conquers grief.
It is not easy in this world for one person to understand the next one.
What I possess, seems far away to me, and what is gone becomes reality.
The one who acts is always without conscience; nobody has a conscience but the contemplative person.
He who does not see the whole world in his friends, does not deserve that the world should hear of him.
I can promise to be upright, but not to be without bias.
Whatever Nature undertakes, she can only accomplish it in a sequence. She never makes a leap.
A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
To accept good advice is but to increase one's own ability.
A human being needs only a small plot of ground on which to be happy, and even less to lie beneath.
The coward threatens when he is safe.
How often do I lull my seething blood to rest, for you have never seen anything so unsteady, so uncertain, as this heart.
The Evil One has left, the evil ones remain.
Against great advantages in another, there are no means of defending ourselves except love.
Thou must (in commanding and winning, or serving and losing, suffering or triumphing) be either anvil or hammer.
To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform.
The threshold is the place of expectation.
Care is taken that trees do not grow into the sky.
Painting and tattooing the body is a return to animalism.
Truth must be repeated again and again, because error is constantly being preached round about.
So long as you live and work, you will be misunderstood; to that you must resign yourself once and for all. Be silent!
Woman is mistress of the art of completely imbittering the life of the person on whom she depends.
Life is too short to drink bad wine.
Mastery passes often for egotism.
Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens.
The church alone beyond all question Has for ill-gotten goods the right digestion.
Where confidence is wanting, the most beautiful flower in the garland of love is missing.
Once I blazed across the sky,
Leaving trails of flame;
I fell to earth, and here I lie
Who'll help me up again?
-A Shooting Star.
Unrest and uncertainty are our lot.
In comradeship is danger countered best.
Gray are all the theories, But green is the tree of life.
We rather confess our moral errors, faults, and crimes than our ignorance.
The sea is flowing ever, The land retains it never.
That which issues from the heart alone,
Will bend the hearts of others to your own.
It is only in misery that we recognize the hand of God leading good men to good.
Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.
I see no end to my misery but the grave.
All things are only transitory.
When two people are really happy about one another one can generally assume they are mistaken.
Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.
One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.
Nothing is true, but that which is simple.
Humor is one of the elements of genius -- admirable as an adjunct; but as soon as it becomes dominant, only a surrogate for genius.
I always seek the good that is in people and leave the bad to Him who made mankind and knows how to round off the corners.
One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is the intermixing of different genres.
If you ask what the people here are like, I must tell you, "Like people everywhere!" Uniformity marks the human race.
I will say with Lorenzo de Medici that those who do not hope for another life are always dead to this one.
All theory is gray, my friend. But forever green is the tree of life.
Reasonable men are the best dictionaries of conversation.
Where the light is brightest, the shadows are deepest.
Is it life, I ask, is it even prudence, To bore thyself and bore the students?
There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.
If you wish to advance into the infinite, explore the finite in all directions.
Let him who believes in immortality enjoy his happiness in silence; he has no reason to give himself airs about it.
We must be young to do great things.
Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.
He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.
Nothing is worse than active ignorance.
Only the heart without a stain knows ease.
Once you have missed the first buttonhole you'll never manage to button up.
A noble man is led far by woman's gentle words.
Science has been seriously retarded by the study of what is not worth knowing and of what is not knowable.
A nation that doesn't honor its past, has no future.
Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
Good children's literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
Modest men must needs endure, And the bold must humbly bow; Thus thy fate's the same, be sure, Whether bold or modest thou.
I love those who yearn for the impossible.
If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
It is better to be doing the most insignificant thing than to reckon even a half-hour insignificant.
The greatest joy of a thinking man is to have searched the explored and to quietly revere the unexplored.
Mysteries are not necessarily miracles.
The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.
Life teaches us to be less harsh with ourselves and with others.
Faust: Who holds the devil, let him hold him well, He hardly will be caught a second time.
The mob has nothing to lose, everything to gain.
All sects seem to me to be right in what they assert, and wrong in what they deny.
Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.
Our modern wars make many unhappy while they last and none happy when they are over.
Give me the benefit of your convictions, if you have any; but keep your doubts to yourself, for I have enough of my own.
Legislators and revolutionaries who promise both equality and liberty are visionaries and charlatans.
To live as one likes is plebian the noble man aspires to order and law.
A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.
We amuse ourselves painting our prison-walls with bright figures and brilliant landscapes.
Thus one can observe that those who proclaim piety as their goal and purpose usually turn into hypocrites.
I am certain that I have been here as I am now a thousand times before, and I hope to return a thousand times.
We gladly put antiquity above our age but not posterity. Only a father doesn't begrudge his son's talent.
Hatred is a heavy burden. It sinks the heart deep in the breast, and lies like a tombstone on all joys.
Out of moderation a pure happiness springs.
For many people, one of the most frustrating aspects of life is not being able to understand other people's behavior.
Poor fool! in whose petty estimation all things are little.
To make a young couple love each other, it is only necessary to oppose and separate them.
There is repetition everywhere, and nothing is found only once in the world.
A wife is a gift bestowed upon man to reconcile him to the loss of paradise.
He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.
Plunge boldly into the thick of life!
When you lose interest in anything, you also lose the memory for it.
To tremble before anticipated evils is to bemoan what thou hast never lost.
He is the happiest man who can see the connection between the end and the beginning of life.
I always had an aversion to your apostles of freedom; each but sought for himself freedom to do what he liked.
A great deal may be done by severity, more by love, but most by clear discernment and impartial justice.
The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.
The mortal race is far too weak not to grow dizzy on unwonted brights.
One can't dull a project better than by discussing it repeatedly.
Confronted by outstanding merit, there is no way of saving one's ego except by love.
Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
No limit, no definition, may restrict the range or depth of the human spirit's passage into its own secrets or the world's.
If one doesn't know one's own country, one doesn't have standards for foreign countries.
Desire is the presentiment of our inner abilities, and the forerunner of our ultimate accomplishments.
Self-love exaggerates our faults as well as our virtues.
Let memory fail as long as our judgement remains intact when needed.
As long as you don't practice it, this dying and becoming, You are only a dreary guest on this dark earth.
One man's word is no man's word; we should quietly hear both sides.
There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.
To tremble before anticipated evils is to bemoan what thou hast never lost.
You must be either the servant or the master, the hammer or the anvil.
Everything is both simpler than we can imagine, and more complicated that we can conceive.
He who is plenteously provided for from within needs but little from without.
To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult of all.
Few people have the imagination for reality.
A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.
What reason would grope for in vain, spontaneous impulse ofttimes achieves at a stroke, with light and pleasureful guidance.
Time is my estate: to Time I'm heir.
Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.
We are our own devils; we drive ourselves out of our Edens.
Two souls dwell, alas! in my breast.
If each one does their duty as an individual and if each one works in their own proper vocation, it will be right with the whole.
Too rigid scruples are concealed pride.
Nothing is more dangerous than solitude.
For what one has in black and white, One can carry home in comfort.
What have the Germans gained by their boasted freedom of the press, except the liberty of abusing each other as they like?
Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.
The spirit from which we act is the principal matter.
If only these treasures were not so fragile as they are precious and beautiful.
Talent develops in tranquility, character in the full current of human life.
One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
Seldom in the business and transactions of ordinary life, do we find the sympathy we want.
There is a courtesy of the heart it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.
There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art.
Oh God, how do the world and heavens confine themselves, when our hearts tremble in their own barriers!
Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.
The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.
The right man is the one who seizes the moment.
I call architecture frozen music.
I prefer an injurious truth to a useful error. Truth heals any pain it may inflict on us.
Names are but noise and smoke, Obscuring heavenly light.
No kitchen my grate Yet roasts it and boils it Both early and late.
If you want someone to develop a specific trait, treat them as though they already had it.
For that is love's nature that it lays claim to exclusive right and that all other claims are nil.
The rabble also vent their rage in words.
Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued.
And those whom once my song had cheered and gladdened, If still they live, rove through the world now saddened.
For a brave man deserves a well-endowed girl.
Shakespeare is a great psychologist, and whatever can be known of the heart of man may be found in his plays.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Wisdom is found only in truth.
One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.
Stones are mute teachers; they silence the observer, and the most valuable lesson we learn from them we cannot communicate.
It is delivery that makes the orators success.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
Without haste! without rest! Bind the motto to thy breast! Bear it with thee as a spell; Storm or sunshine , guard it well.
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.
An absent friend gives us friendly company when we are well assured of his happiness.
Beauty is at once the ultimate principle and the highest aim of art.
Everything transitory is but an image.
The day is committed to error and floundering; success and achievement are matters of long range.
‘Know thyself?' If I knew myself, I'd run away.
When one is polite in German, one lies.
Master and Doctor are my titles; for ten years now, without repose, I held my erudite recitals and led my pupils by the nose.
Habit is the most imperious of all masters.
Whoever would do good in the world, ought not to deal in censure. We ought not to destroy, but rather construct.
Flowers are the beautiful hieroglyphics of nature with which she indicates how much she loves us.
Daily life is more instructive than the most effective book.
A clever man commits no minor blunders.
La fantasia è un dono di Dio, dissi, perchè ho potuto credere, per un momento, che quelle parole fossero dirette a me.
A man's errors are what make him amiable.
If you don't know foreign languages, you don't know anything about your own.
Oblivion is full of people who allow the opinions of others to overrule their belief in themselves.
Since you know me and my destiny only too well, you probably also know what attracts me to all unfortunate people.
To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.
Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.
Always to distrust is an error, as well as always to trust.
There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.
Deny yourself! You must deny yourself! That is the song that never ends.
Modern poets mix too much water with their ink.
Nothing is worth more than this day.
Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts.
Într-adevăr ştiu multe, dar aş vrea să ştiu totul.
A reasonable man needs only to practice moderation to find happiness.
If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.
Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.
Nothing is to be rated higher than the value of the day.
Children, love one another, and if that is not possible-at least try to put up with one another.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
Upon the creatures we have made, we are, ourselves, at last, dependent.
Colours are the deeds of light, its deeds and sufferings.
All that is transitory is but a metaphor.
When God created us, he founded
His living nature for our home;
But you sit in this gloom, surrounded
By mildred skull and arid bone.
Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.
Aptitudes are assumed, they should become accomplishments. That is the purpose of all education.
True happiness springs from moderation.
Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.
In every artist there is a touch of audacity without which no talent is conceivable.
Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.
There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on how one looks at it.
The world is so full of simpletons and madmen, that one need not seek them in a madhouse.
What man does not know,
Or has not thought of,
Wanders in the night
Through the labyrinth of the mind.
No one feels himself easy in a garden which does not look like the open country.
Danger takes from a man all power of thought.
Writing history is a method of getting rid of the past.
One who has passed the thirtieth year
already is as good as dead --
it would be best to kill you off by then.
Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.
What a torment it is to see so much loveliness passing and repassing before us, and yet not dare to lay hold of it!
Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away.
Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.
People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.
We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.
Culture which smooth the whole world licks, Also unto the devil sticks.
The shudder of awe is humanity's highest faculty,
Even though this world is forever altering its values.
Two souls, alas, are housed within my breast,
And each will wrestle for the mastery there.
The society of women is the element of good manners.
The follies of the wise man are known to himself, but hidden from the world.
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.
What is predestination? Answer: God is more powerful and wiser than we are, therefore he deals with us according to his pleasure.
Alas! how much there is in education, and in our social institutions, to prepare us and our children for insanity.
Difficulties increase the nearer we get to the goal.
Our passions are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes.
Riches amassed in haste will diminish; but those collected by hand and little by little will multiply.
Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.
Then, indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days.
He who does not stretch himself according to the coverlet finds his feet uncovered.
One cannot develop taste from what is of average quality but only from the very best.
A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.
Let your trouble be Light will follow dark Though the heaven falls You may hear the lark.
Behaviour is a mirror in which every one displays his own image.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
It matters little whether a man be mathematically or philologically or artistically cultivated, so he be but cultivated.
Legislators and revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time, are either psychopaths or mountebanks.
It's true that nothing in this world makes us so necessary to others as the affection we have for them.
There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art.
A distracted existence leads us to no goal.
It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.
As long as you are not aware of the continual law of Die and Be Again, you are merely a vague guest on a dark Earth.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
The important thing in life is to have a great aim, and the determination to attain it.
Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.
I am not omniscient, but I know a lot.
If it is the greatest truth that you seek, the plants can direct you.
Solitude is fine when you are at peace with yourself and have something definite to do.
Patriotism ruins history.
The march of intellect, which licks all the world into shape, has even reached the devil.
You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
The wealth that cannot be administered is a burden.
A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
A wife is a gift bestowed upon a man to reconcile him to the loss of paradise.
Men's wretchedness in soothe I so deplore, Not even I would plague the sorry creatures more.
Anyone that doesn't know foreign languages knows nothing of his own.
Happy the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and his powers.
One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be a man.
Our hands we open of our own free will, and the good flies, which we can never recall.
I know nothing more mocking than a devil that despairs.
First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.
No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.
There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they find to laugh at.
A good man, through obscurest aspirations Has still an instinct of the one true way.
Great possessions and great want of them are both strong temptations.
Whoever strenuously endeavors, him we can rescue.
The important thing in life is to have great aim and to possess the aptitude and the perseverance to attain it.
No sacred fane requires us to submit to insult.
Austere perseverance, hash and continuous... rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistible greater with time.
No one can walk beneath palm trees with impunity, and ideas are sure to change in a land where elephants and tigers are at home.
Kindness is the golden thread that holds society together.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.
A man's shortcomings are taken from his epoch; his virtues and greatness belong to himself.
If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.
To like things like, whatever one may ail; There is certain help.
Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time.
Every spoken word arouses our self-will.
One is never satisfied with the portrait of a person that one knows.
One is led astray alike by sympathy and coldness, by praise and by blame.
Those who have no hope for a future life are already dead for the present one.
I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
Ohne Hast, aber ohne Rast. -- Without haste, but without rest.
Jupiter's welcome to more from his Juno if he can get it.
Time flies, and what is past is done.
He is dead in this world who has no belief in another.
Doesn't surprise me that Christ our Lord preferred to live with whores and sinners, seeing I go in for that myself.
Duty is the demand of the hour.
The rogue has everywhere the advantage.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.
Blood is a very special juice.
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
Toleration ought in reality to be merely a transitory mood. It must lead to recognition. To tolerate is to affront.
Beware of a man of one book.
Divide and command, a wise maxim; Unite and guide, a better.
It is sometimes essential for a husband and a wife to quarrel -- they get to know each other better.
If you have science and art,
You also have religion;
But if you don't have them,
You better have religion.
Piety, like nobility, has its aristocracy.
Life is the childhood of our immortality.
To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.
Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.
Belief is not the beginning of knowledge -- it is the end.
He who doesn't see his lover's faults as virtues is not in love.
We are the slaves of objects around us, and appear little or important according as these contract or give us room to expand.
Several classical sayings that one likes to repeat had quite a different meaning from the ones later times attributed to them.
Merely to breathe freely does not mean to live.
The day is of infinite length for him who knows how to appreciate and use it.
We more readily confess to errors, mistakes and shortcomings in our conduct than in our thought.
All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.
What you have inherited from your fathers, earn over again for yourselves, or it will not be yours.
Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves.
Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.
Grau, teurer Freund, ist alle Theorie und grün des Lebens goldner Baum.
When a man is old he must do more than when he was young.
A man is really alive only when he delights in the good-will of others.
The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.
Nothing tells more about the character of a man than the things he makes fun of.
He alone is great and happy who requires neither to command nor to obey in order to secure his being of some importance in the world.
I do not speak of what I cannot praise.
Men are much more apt to agree in what they do than in what they think.
The happiest man is the one who finds happiness at home.
The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.
Superstition is the poetry of life.
That I be not as those are who spend the day in complaining of headache and the night in drinking the wine which gives the headache!
We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.
It is delightful to transport one's self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us.
To act is easy, to think is hard; to act according to our thought is troublesome.
It is the nature of grace always to fill spaces that have been empty.
People who think honestly and deeply have a hostile attitude towards the public.
No skill or art is needed to grow old; the trick is to endure it.
We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.
Let us seek to fathom those things that are fathomable and reserve those things which are unfathomable for reverence in quietude.
A man must cling to the belief that the incomprehensible is comprehensible; otherwise he would not try to fathom it.
In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm... in the real world all rests on perseverance.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.
Man ought not, like a mushroom, to spring up
And rot upon the ground that nourished him,
Leaving no trace of life-like energy!
What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.
The universal subjugator, the commonplace.
Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.
People can only live with their equals, and not even with them; for in the long run they cannot tolerate that someone is their equal.
Chess is the touchstone of intellect.
We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright.
A man may twist as he pleases, and do what he pleases, but he inevitably comes back to the track to which nature has destined him.
The connoisseur of art must be able to appreciate what is simply beautiful, but the common run of people is satisfied with ornament.
The history of knowledge is a great fugue in which the voices of the nations one after the other emerge.
This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
Dauer in Wechsel.
Duration in change.
The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part.
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
Just take a look at our patrons, and you'll know
Some don't appreciate us, others never will.
All professional men are handicapped by not being allowed to ignore things which are useless.
Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it!
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
If you are to accomplish all that one demands of you, you must overestimate your own worth.
For precisely when concepts fail one,
Words are found at the right time.
True works of art are a manifestation of the higher laws of nature.
Well-mannered children could be conceived if the parents were well-mannered.
What is the destiny of man, but to fill up the measure of his sufferings, and to drink his allotted cup of bitterness?
The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.
I hate every violent overthrow, because as much is destroyed as is gained by it.
Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.
The realization of the self is only possible if one is productive, if one can give birth to one's own potentialities.
Nothing will change the fact that I cannot produce the least thing without absolute solitude.
Mediocrity has no greater consolation than in the thought that genius is not immortal.
The brilliant passes, like the dew at morn; The true endures, for ages yet unborn.
Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.
The history of science is science itself; the history of the individual, the individual.
The art of living rightly is like all arts; it must be learned and practiced with incessant care.
What you can do, or think you can, begin it.
Our passions are true phoenixes; as the old burn out the new straight rise up from the ashes.
Don't judge anyone harshly until you yourself have been through his experiences.
God made man simple, but how he changed and got complicated is hard to say.
It is day still, you better get busy! Night will intrude when no one can be active.
Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.
Beware of wishing for anything in youth, because you will get it in middle age.
A noble soul alone can noble souls attract; And knows alone, as ye, to hold them.
As beauteous is the world, and many a joy Floats through its wide dominion. But, alas, When we would seize the winged good, it flies.
It is said that no man is a hero to his valet. That is because a hero can be recognized only by a hero.
If you miss the first buttonhole, you will not succeed in buttoning up your coat.
A mans manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
Every decided colour does a certain violence to the eye, and forces the organ to opposition.
Fortunately, we can take in only so much misfortune; what exceeds that limit either destroys us or leaves us indifferent.
When two men quarrel, who owns the cooler head is the more to blame.
Even dirt glitters when the sun is shining upon it.
Once you have missed the first buttonhole, you'll never manage to button up.
Every situation -- nay, every moment -- is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.
Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done.
A stated truth loses its grace, but a repeated error appears insipid and ridiculous.
Association with women is the basis of good manners.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Great passions are incurable diseases.
Genius feels no dread within his heart at the tempest nor the rain.
One glance, one word from you gives more pleasure than all the wisdom of this world.
He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.
Art is long, life is short; judgement difficult, opportunity transient.
If you've never eaten while crying you don t know what life tastes like.
The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
I will listen to anyone's convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself.
So, lively brisk old fellow, don't let age get you down. White hairs or not, you can still be a lover.
It is in the half fools and the half wise that the greatest danger lies.
Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own.
It is unpleasant to miss even the most trifling thing to which we have been accustomed.
Tell me with whom you associate, and I will tell you who you are.
If you've never eaten while crying you don't know what life tastes like.
The man of understanding finds everything laughable.
Accepting good advice means nothing other than to strengthen one's own ability.
Whatever liberates our spirit, without also giving us mastery over ourselves, is destructive.
With knowledge grows doubt.