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EPHRAIM GOTTHOLD LESSING
German author, philosopher, dramatist and critic
(1729 - 1781)
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A single grateful thought towards heaven is the most perfect prayer.
      - [Gratitude]

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!
      - [Art]

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!
      - [Painting]

But how many moments are already past!
  Ah! who thinks of those that are past?
      - [Time]

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.
      - [Truth]

He who loses not his senses in certain things has no senses to lose.
      - [Sense]

How can such deep-imprinted images sleep in us at times, till a word, a sound, awake them?
      - [Memory]

If the advice of a fool for once happens to be good, it requires a wise man to carry it out.
      - [Fools]

It is medicine, not poison, I offer you.
      - [Poison]

Nature intended that woman should be her masterpiece.
      - [Women]

Pure truth is for God alone.
      - [Truth]

Resist as much as thou wilt; heaven's ways are heaven's ways.
      - [Destiny]

The gift of prayer is not always at our command.
      - [Prayer]

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.
      - [Companions]

The superstition in which we were brought up never loses its power over us, even after we understand it.
      - [Bigotry]

The true vagrant is the only king above all comparison.
      - [Vagrant]

We seldom speak of the virtue which we have, but much oftener of that which we lack.
      - [Virtue]

What can the Creator see with greater pleasure than a happy creature?
      - [Cheerfulness]

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.
  [Ger., Weiss
    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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