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JOHANN KASPAR LAVATER (JOHN CASPAR LAVATER)
Swiss theologian, poet, mystic and physiognomist
(1741 - 1801)
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He who, in questions of right, virtue, or duty, sets himself above all ridicule, is truly great, and shall laugh in the end with truer mirth than ever he was laughed at.
      - [Greatness]

He who, when called upon to speak a disagreeable truth, tells it boldly and has done, is both bolder and milder than he who nibbles in a low voice and never ceases nibbling.
      - [Candor]

He whom common, gross, or stale objects allure, and when obtained, content, is a vulgar being, incapable of greatness in thought or action.
      - [Vulgarity]

He whose pride oppresses the humble may perhaps be humbled, but will never be humble.
      - [Pride]

He, who cannot forgive a trespass of malice to his enemy, has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of love.
      - [Forgiveness]

His calumny is not only the greatest benefit a rogue can confer on us, but the only service he will perform for nothing.
      - [Calumny]

How few our real wants, and how vast our imaginary ones!
      - [Want]

Humility add love, whatever obscurities may involve religious tenets, constitute the essence of true religion. The humble is formed to adore; the loving, to associate with eternal love.
      - [Religion]

If you see one cold and vehement at the same time, set him down for a fanatic.
      - [Fanaticism]

If you wish to appear agreeable in society you must consent to be taught many things which you know already.
      - [Agree]

In the society of ladies, want of sense is not so unpardonable as want of manners.
      - [Manners]

Injustice arises either from precipitation or indolence or from a mixture of both. The rapid and the slow are seldom just; the unjust wait either not at all, or wait too long.
      - [Injustice]

Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once. It seldom belongs to man to say without presumption, "I came, I saw, I conquered."
      - [Intuition]

It is one of my favorite thoughts that God manifests Himself to men in all the wise, good, humble, generous, great, and magnanimous men.
      - [God]

It is possible that a wise and good man may be prevailed on to game; but it is impossible that a professed gamester should be a wise and good man.
      - [Gambling]

Joy and grief decide character. What exalts prosperity? what imbitters grief? what leaves us indifferent? what interests us? As the interest of man, so his God,--as his God, so he.
      - [Character]

Just as you are pleased at finding faults, you are displeased at finding perfections.
      - [Faults]

Just so far as we are pleased at finding faults, are we displeased at finding perfection.
      - [Envy]

Let the degree of egotism be the measure of confidence.
      - [Egotism]

Loudness is impotence.
      - [Blustering]

Malice is poisoned by her own venom.
      - [Malice]

Man without religion is a diseased creature, who would persuade himself he is well and needs not a physician; but woman without religion is raging and monstrous.
      - [Religion]

Mistrust the man who finds everything good; the man who finds everything evil; and still more the man who is indifferent to everything.
      - [Mistrust]

Modesty is silent when it would be improper to speak; the humble, without being called upon, never recollects to say anything of himself.
      - [Modesty]

Neither refinement nor delicacy is indispensable to produce elegance.
      - [Elegance]


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