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CHRISTOPH MARTIN WIELAND
German poet
(1733 - 1813)

Endurance is the prerogative of woman, enabling the gentlest to suffer what would cause terror to manhood.
      - [Endurance]

Fresh as the lovely form of youthful May, when nymphs and graces in the dance unite.
      - [Spring]

It is commonly a dangerous thing for a man to have more sense than his neighbors. Socrates paid for his superiority with his life; and if Aristotle saved his skin, it was by taking to his heels in time.
      - [Sense]

Oft have I thought--jabber as he will, how learned soever, man knows nothing but what he has learned from experience!
      - [Experience]

Stupidity has its sublime as well as genius, and he who carries that quality to absurdity has reached it; which is always a source of amusement to sensible people.
      - [Stupidity : Sublimity]

The cleverest of all the devils is Opportunity.
      - [Opportunity]

To be silent is sometimes an art, yet not so great a one as certain people would have us believe, who are wisest they are most silent.
      - [Silence]

Thou mockest? Tremble! the avenger's lightning bolts do not forever dormant lie.
  [Ger., Du spottest noch? Erzittre! Immer schlafen
    Des Rachers Blitze nicht.]
      - Oberon (I, 50) [Punishment]

For whatever a man has, is in reality only a gift.
  [Ger., Denn was ein Mensch auch hat, so sind's am Ende Gaben.]
      - Oberon (II, 19) [Gifts]

I have often thought that however learned you may talk about it, one knows nothing but what he learns from his own experience.
  [Ger., Da dacht ich oft: schwatzt noch so hoch gelehrt,
    Man weiss doch nichts, als was man selbst erfahrt.]
      - Oberon (II, 24) [Experience]

Too oft is transient pleasure the source of long woes.
  [Ger., Zu oft ist kurze Lust die Quelle langer Schmerzen!]
      - Oberon (II, 52) [Pleasure]

Man blindly works the will of fate.
  [Ger., Blindlings that er blos den Willen des Geschickes.]
      - Oberon (IV, 59) [Fate]

The compulsion of fate is bitter.
  [Ger., Des Schiksals Swang ist bitter.]
      - Oberon (V, 60) [Fate]

What is the world to him now? a vast and vacant space, for fortune's wheel to roll about at will.
  [Ger., Was ist ihm nun die Welt? ein weiter leerer Raum,
    Fortunen's Spielraum, frei ihr Rad herum zu rollen.]
      - Oberon (VIII, 20) [World]


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