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German philosopher
(1788 - 1860)
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A word too much always defeats its purpose.
      - [Words]

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
      - [Truth]

Any book, which is at all important, should be reread immediately.
      - [Books]

Authors may be divided into falling stars, planets, and fixed stars: the first have a momentary effect; the second have a much longer duration; but the third are unchangeable, possess their own light, and work for all time.
      - [Authorship]

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
      - [Change]

Compassion is the basis of all morality.
      - [Compassion]

Do not shorten the morning by getting up late; look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred.
      - [Morning]

Exaggeration of every kind is as essential to journalism as it is to dramatic art, for the object of journalism is to make events go as far as possible.
      - [Exaggeration]

Genius is to other gifts what the carbuncle is to the precious stones. It sends forth its own light, whereas other stones only reflect borrowed light.
      - [Genius]

Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
      - [Honor]

Human life must be some form of mistake.
      - [Life]

If a man sets out to hate all the miserable creatures he meets, he will not have much energy left for anything else; whereas he can despise them, one and all, with the greatest ease.
      - [Contempt]

Ignorance is degrading only when found in company with great riches.
      - [Ignorance]

Intellect is invisible to the man who has none.
      - [Intellect]

Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom.
      - [Life]

Man shows his character best in trifles.
      - [Trifles]

Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation can make up for the want of natural abilities.
      - [Ability]

Natural ability can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation; but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural ability.
      - [Ability]

Not to go to the theater is like making one's toilet without a mirror.
      - [Theatre]

Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.
      - [Politeness]

Reading is thinking with someone else's head instead of one's own.
      - [Reading]

Reasonable and vicious are quite consistent with each other, in fact, only through their union are great and far-reaching crimes possible.
      - [Reasonableness]

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
      - [Religion]

Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.
      - [Death]

Style is the physiognomy of the mind. It is more infallible than that of the body. To imitate the style of another is said to be wearing a mask. However beautiful it may be, it is through its lifelessness insipid and intolerable, so that even the most ugly living face is more engaging.
      - [Style]

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