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German poet, dramatist and historian
(1759 - 1805)
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To the fool-king belongs the world.
      - [Fools]

To-morrow comes, and we are where?
  Then let us live to-day.
      - [Today : Tomorrow]

Toil of science swells the wealth of art.
      - [Science]

Truth is more than a dream and a song.
      - [Truth]

Vast, colossal destiny, which raises man to fame, though it may also grind him to powder!
      - [Destiny]

Virtue, though clothed in a beggar's garb, commands respect.
      - [Virtue]

Votes should be weighed, not counted!
      - [Majority : Minority]

We are too prone to find fault; let us look for some of the perfections.
      - [Complaining]

Weep, for the light is dead.
      - [Darkness]

Whatever lives, lives to die in sorrow. We engage our hearts, and grasp after the things of this world, only to undergo the pang of losing them.
      - [Sorrow]

When the measured dance of the hours brings back the happy smile of spring, the buried dead is born again in the life-glance of the sun. The germs which perished to the eye within the cold breast of the earth spring up with joy in the bright realm of day.
      - [Spring]

Whoever fails to turn aside the ills of life by prudent forethought, must submit to fulfill the course of destiny.
      - [Forethought]

Wine invents nothing; it only tattles.
      - [Wine and Spirits]

With soft, persuasive prayers woman wields the sceptre of the life which she charmeth; she lulls the discord which roars and glows,--teaches the fierce powers which hate each other like fiends to embrace in the bonds of love, and draws together what are forever flying asunder.
      - [Women]

Without a home must the soldier go, a changeful wanderer, and can warm himself at no home-lit hearth.
      - [Soldiers]

Yet have I ever heard it said that spies and tale-bearers have done more mischief in this world than poisoned bowl or the assassin's dagger.
      - [Tattling]

We, we live! ours are the hours, and the living have their claims.
  [Ger., Wir, wir leben! Unser sind die Stunden
    Und der Lebende hat Recht.]
      - An die Freude (st. 1) [Life]

Opposition embitters the enthusiast but never converts him.
  [Ger., Zang erbittert die Schwarmer immer, aber bekehrt sie nie.]
      - Cabale und Liebe (III, 1)
        [Enthusiasm : Oppression : Perverseness]

This lemonade is weak like your soul--try it.
  [Ger., Die Limonade ist matt wie deine Seele--versuche!]
      - Cabale und Liebe (V, 7) [Drinking]

Happy child! the cradle is still to thee a vast space; but when thou art a man the boundless world will be too small for thee.
  [Ger., Glucklicher Saugling! dir ist ein unendlicher Raum noch die Wiege,
    Werde Mann, und dir wird eng die unendliche Welt.]
      - Das Kind in der Wiege [Childhood]

The world delights to tarnish shining names,
  And to trample the sublime in the dust.
    [Ger., Es liebt die Welt, das Stralende zu schwarzen
      Und das Erhabne in den Staub zu ziehn.]
      - Das Madchen von Orleans [World]

Strange customs do not thrive in foreign soil.
  [Ger., Nicht fremder Brauch gedeiht in einem Lande.]
      - Demetrius (I, 1) [Custom]

In the smallest cot there is room enough for a loving pair.
  [Ger., Raum ist in der kleinsten Hutte
    Fur ein glucklich liebend Paar.]
      - Der Jungling am Bache (st. 4) [Love]

All the arts of pleasure grow when suckled by freedom.
  [Ger., Von der Freiheit gesaugt wachsen die Kunste der Lust.]
      - Der Spaziergang (l. 122) [Art]

Life is not the supreme good, but the supreme evil is to realize one's guilt.
  [Ger., Das Leben ist der Guter hochstes nicht
    Der Uebel grosstes aber ist die Schuld.]
      - Die Braut von Messina [Evil]

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