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A single grateful thought towards heaven is the most perfect prayer.
Ah! would that we could at once paint with the eyes! In the long way, from the eye, through the arm to the pencil, how much is lost!
Ah, would we could at once paint with the eyes! In the long way, from the eye through the arm to the pencil, how much is lost!
But how many moments are already past!
Ah! who thinks of those that are past?
Did the Almighty, holding in his right hand truth, and in his left hand search after truth, deign to proffer me the one I might prefer, in all humility, but without hesitation, I should request search after truth.
He who loses not his senses in certain things has no senses to lose.
How can such deep-imprinted images sleep in us at times, till a word, a sound, awake them?
If the advice of a fool for once happens to be good, it requires a wise man to carry it out.
It is medicine, not poison, I offer you.
Nature intended that woman should be her masterpiece.
Pure truth is for God alone.
Resist as much as thou wilt; heaven's ways are heaven's ways.
The gift of prayer is not always at our command.
The most agreeable of all companions is a simple, frank man, without any high pretensions to an oppressive greatness; one who loves life, and understands the use of it; obliging alike at all hours; above all, of a golden temper and steadfast as an anchor. For such an one we gladly exchange the greatest genius, the most brilliant wit, the profoundest thinker.
The superstition in which we were brought up never loses its power over us, even after we understand it.
The true vagrant is the only king above all comparison.
We seldom speak of the virtue which we have, but much oftener of that which we lack.
What can the Creator see with greater pleasure than a happy creature?
Nothing under the sun is accidental, least of all that of which the intention is so clearly evident.
[Ger., Nichts unter der Sonne ist Zufall--am wenigsten das wovon die Absicht so klar in die Augen leuchtet.]
- Emilia Galotti (IV, 3) [Accident]
I have always said it--Nature meant woman to be her masterpiece.
[Ger., Ich hab' es immer gesagt: das Weib wollte die Natur zu ihrem Meisterstucke machen.]
- Emilia Galotti (V, 7) [Women]
When the heart dares to speak, it needs no preparation.
[Ger., Wo das Herz reden darf braucht es keiner Vorbereitung.]
- Mina von Barnhelm (V, 4) [Heart]
Joy makes us giddy, dizzy.
[Ger., Die Freude macht drehend, wirblicht.]
- Minna von Barnhelm (II, 3) [Joy]
Know this, that every country can produce good men.
Dass alle Lander gute Menschen tragen.]
- Nathan der Weise (II, 5) [Goodness]
The eye of Paul Pry often finds more than he wished to find.
[Ger., Der Blick des Forschers fand
Nicht selten mehr, als er zu finden wunschte.]
- Nathan der Weise (II, 8) [Eyes]
Borrowing is not much better than begging.
[Ger., Borgen ist nicht viel besser als betteln.]
- Nathan der Weise (II, 9) [Beggary]
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