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Live each day as if your life had just begun.
Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
Age merely shows what children we remain.
Glib tongues frill up their hash of knowledgefor mankind in polished speechesthat are no more than vaporous windsrustling the fallen leaves in autumn.
Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?
Men grieve [Mephistopheles] so with the days of their lamenting, [he] even hate[s] to plague them with [his] torments.
Wisdom is found only in truth.
A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.
He who moves not forward, goes backward.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
I call architecture frozen music.
15"General ideas and great conceit are always a fair way to bring about terrible misfortune.
Whatever liberates our spirit without giving us mastery over ourselves is destructive.
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.
For in music there is no material to be deducted.
Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.
He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth.
A mans manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
The best slave is the one who thinks he is free.
Those who have never seen themselves surrounded on all sides by the sea can never possess an idea of the world, and of their relation to it.
There is strong shadow where there is much light.
Anything in the world can be endured, except a series of wonderful days.
All things are only transitory.
In art the best is good enough.
One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
Doubt grows with knowledge.
Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.
Everything transitory is but an image.
Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
What you feed in yourself that grows.
Man needs only a small patch of earth for his pleasures, and a smaller one still to rest beneath.
Moreover I hate everything which merely instructs me without increasing or directly quickening my activity.
if only these treasures were not so fragile as they are precious and beautiful.
In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm. ... In the real world, all rests on perseverance.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Must it so be that whatever makes man happy must later become the source of his misery?
Solitude is precious balm to my heart in these paradistic parts.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.
The limits of my language are the limits of my universe.
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
Gracious Providence, to whom I owe all my powers, why didst thou not withhold some of those blessings I possess, and substitute in their place a feeling of self-confidence and contentment?
The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.
Instruction does much, but encouragement everyt
Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.
To rule is easy, to govern difficult.
What matters creative endless toil, When, at a snatch, oblivion ends the coil?
Cease endlessly striving for what you would like to do and learn to love what must be done.
A clever man commits no minor blunders.
Des Menschen Kraft, im Dichter offenbartThe human power is revealed by poetIl potere dell'umanità si rivela nel poeta