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EPHRAIM GOTTHOLD LESSING
German author, philosopher, dramatist and critic
(1729 - 1781)
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The real beggar is indeed the true and only king.
  [Ger., Der wahre Bettler ist
    Doch einzig und allein der wahre Konig.]
      - Nathan der Weise (II, 9) [Beggary]

What could a woman's head contrive
  Which it would not know how to excuse?
    [Ger., Was hatt ein Weiberkopf erdacht, das er
      Nicht zu beschonen wusste?]
      - Nathan der Weise (III) [Women]

It is not children only that one feeds with fairy tales.
  [Ger., Nicht die Kinder bloss speist man mit Marchen ab.]
      - Nathan der Weise (III, 6) [Fairies]

He who knows much has many cares.
  [Ger., Wer viel weiss
    Hat viel zu sorgen.]
      - Nathan der Weise (IV, 2) [Knowledge]

Suspicion follows close on mistrust.
  [Ger., Argwohnen folgt auf Misstrauen.]
      - Nathan der Weise (V, 8) [Suspicion]

For God rewards good deeds done here below--rewards them here.
  [Ger., Denn Gott lohnt Gutes, heir gethan, auch hier noch.]
      - Nathan der Wiese (I, 2) [God]

For the will and not the gift makes the giver.
  [Ger., Denn der Wille
    Und nicht die Gabe macht den Geber.]
      - Nathan der Wiese (I, 5) [Gifts]

Struggle against it as thou wilt, yet Heaven's ways are Heaven's ways.
  [Ger., Sperre dich, so viel du willst!
    Des Himmels Wege sind des Himmels Wege.]
      - Nathan der Wiese (III, 1) [Heaven]

While Fell was reposing himself in the hay,
  A reptile concealed bit his leg as he lay;
    But, all venom himself, of the wound he made light,
      And got well, while the scorpion died of the bite.
      - Paraphrase of Demodocus [Poison]


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