I look around me and nowhere do I see a stamp of disapproval with which nature marked a woman's candid brow.
Drink and be thankful to the host! What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it.
Those who want to row on the ocean of human knowledge do not get far, and the storm drives those out of their course who set sail.
The uneducated person perceives only the individual phenomenon, the partly educated person the rule, and the educated person the exception.
Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun.
Science and art, or by the same token, poetry and prose differ from one another like a journey and an excursion. The purpose of the journey is its goal, the purpose of an excursion is the process.
You even called me stupid in your verse, and I'm almost agreeing, for where stupidity is involved, you are quite an expert, friend.
There shall be no slave in your home, male or female: Least of all the mother of your son.
Poetry, it is often said and loudly so, is life's true mirror. But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates.
No shortcomings of other people cause us to be more intolerant than those which are caricatures of our own.
If someone were to think that trees are made to support the sky, they would all seem too short.
To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause, find out if he abides criticism.
Without a notion of the transcendental, human beings would, indeed, be animals; however, only fools can be convinced of it, and only degenerates need such a conviction.
If we notice a few errors in the work of a proven master, we may and even will often be correct; if we believe, however, that he is completely and utterly mistaken, we are in danger of missing his entire concept.
Mankind is getting smarter every day. Actually, it only seems so. At least we are making progress. We're progressing, to be sure, ever more deeply into the forest.
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