For just when ideas fail, a word comes in to save the situation.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.
He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.
A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
The formation of one’s character ought to be everyone’s chief aim.
Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.
Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.
Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.
Every spoken word arouses our self-will.
Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.
It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
To create something you must be something.
If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
In art the best is good enough.
Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.
Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.
Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.
The human mind will not be confined to any limits.
A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.
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.
A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.
If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.
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!
Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.
What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.