Mysteries are not necessarily miracles.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Live dangerously and you live right.
In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.
Age merely shows what children we remain.
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.
Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.
Precaution is better than cure.
One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.
Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.
Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.
If your treat an individual… as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
Nothing is to be rated higher than the value of the day.
Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.
Common sense is the genius of humanity.
He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.
Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.
Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should.
The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.
Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.
There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.
There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one’s self on lies and fables.
If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy.
It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.