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Sorrows must die with the joys they outnumber.
Stern is the onlook of necessity. Not without a shudder may the hand of man grasp the mysterious urn of destiny.
Still thou knowest that in the ardor of pursuit men lose sight of the goal from which they start.
Stubbornness is not firmness.
Sure of the Spring that warms them into birth,
The golden germs thou trustest to the Earth;
Heed'st thou as well to sow in Time the seeds
Of Wisdom for Eternity--good deeds?
That which is so universal as death must be a benefit.
The dignity of man into your hands is given;
Oh, keep it well, with you it sinks or lifts itself to heaven.
The finer impulse of our nature.
The first great law is to obey.
The great happiness of life, I find, after all, to consist in the regular discharge of some mechanical duty.
The ideal should never touch the real;
When nature conquers, Art must then give way.
[Ger., Der Schein soll nie die Wirklichkeit erreichen
Und siegt Natur, so muss die Kunst entweichen.]
- to Goethe when he put Voltaire's "Mahomet" on the stage, st. 6
The mind is the eyesight of the soul.
The sin lessens in human estimation only as the guilt increases.
The very plants turn with a joyful transport to the light.
The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.
The world knows the worst of me, and I can say that I am better than my fame.
There are evil spirits who suddenly fix their abode in man's unguarded breast, causing us to commit devilish deeds, and then, hurrying back to their native hell, leave behind the stings of remorse in the poisoned bosom.
There are occasions when the general belief of the people, even though it be groundless, works its effect as sure as truth itself.
There is a nobility in the world of manners.
There is no solitude in nature.
Think with terror on the slow, quiet power of time.
Time consecrates; and what is gray with age becomes religion.
Time is a blooming field: nature is ever teeming with life: and all is seed, and all is fruit.
To be man's tender mate was woman born, and in obeying nature she best serves the purposes of heaven.
To know thyself--in others self-concern;
Would'st thou know others? read thyself--and learn!
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