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German poet, dramatist and historian
(1759 - 1805)
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A beautiful soul has no other merit than its own existence.
      - [Beauty]

A childlike mind in its simplicity practises that science of good to which the wise may be blind.
      - [Simplicity]

A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.
      - [Enemies]

A noble soul has no other merit than to be a noble soul.
      - [Soul]

A noble soul spreads even over a face in which the architectonic beauty is wanting an irresistible grace, and a often even triumphs over the natural disfavor.
      - [Face]

A sublime soul can rise to all kinds of greatness, but by an effort; it can tear itself from all bondage, to all that limits and constrains it, but only by strength of will. Consequently the sublime soul is only free by broken efforts.
      - [Soul]

A virtuous name is the precious only good, for which queens and peasants' wives must contest together.
      - [Names]

An honest man you may form of windle-straws, but to make a rogue you must have grist.
      - [Rogues]

Arrow-swift the present sweepeth, and motionless forever stands the past.
      - [Moments]

As freely as the firmament embraces the world, so mercy must encircle friend and foe. The sun poursforth impartially his beams through all the regions of infinity; heaven bestows the dew equally on every thirsty plant. Whatever is good and comes from on high is universal and without reserve: but in the heart's recesses darkness dwells.
      - [Mercy]

As inclination changes, thus ebbs and flows the unstable tide of public judgment.
      - [Popularity]

Be noble-minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor.
      - [Self-respect]

Be true, and thou shalt fetter time with everlasting chain.
      - [Honesty]

Cling to thy native land, for it is the land of thy fathers?
      - [Native Land]

Cowards have done good and kind actions, but a coward never pardoned.
      - [Pardon]

Culture, far from giving us freedom, only develops, as it advances, new necessities; the fetters of the physical close more tightly around us, so that the fear of loss quenches even the ardent impulse toward improvement, and the maxims of passive obedience are held to be the highest wisdom of life.
      - [Culture]

Death is a mighty mediator. There all the flames of rage are extinguished, hatred is appeased, and angelic pity, like a weeping sister, bends with gentle and close embrace over the funeral urn.
      - [Death]

Disappointments are to the soul what a thunder-storm is to the air.
      - [Disappointment]

Egotism erects its center in itself; love places it out of itself in the axis of the universal whole. Love aims at unity, egotism at solitude. Love is the citizen ruler of a flourishing republic, egotism is a despot in a devastated creation. Egotism sows for gratitude, love for the ungrateful. Love gives, egotism lends; and love does this before the throne of judicial truth, indifferent if for the enjoyment of the following moment, or with the view to a martyr's crown--indifferent whether the reward is in this life or in the next.
      - [Egotism]

Emulation is a noble and just passion, full of appreciation.
      - [Emulation]

Even in a righteous cause force is a fearful thing; God only helps when men can help no more.
      - [War]

Ever building, building to the clouds, still building higher, and never reflecting that the poor narrow basis cannot sustain the giddy tottering column.
      - [Castles in the Air]

Every great mind seeks to labor for eternity. All men are captivated by immediate advantages; great minds alone are excited by the prospect of distant good.
      - [Mind]

Every man stamps his value on himself; the price we challenge for ourselves is given us.
      - [Self-respect]

False fancy brings real misery.
      - [Fancy]

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