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JOHANN GEORG VON ZIMMERMANN
Swiss physician and philosopher
(1728 - 1795)
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Leisure, the highest happiness upon earth, is seldom enjoyed with perfect satisfaction, except in solitude. Indolence and indifference do not always afford leisure; for true leisure is frequently found in that interval of relaxation which divides a painful duty from an agreeable recreation; a toilsome business from the more agreeable occupations of literature and philosophy.
      - [Leisure]

Liberal of cruelty are those who pamper with promises; promisers destroy while they deceive, and the hope they raise is dearly purchased by the dependence that is sequent to disappointment.
      - [Promises]

Many have been ruined by their fortunes; many have escaped ruin by the want of fortune. To obtain it, the great have become little, and the little great.
      - [Avarice]

Many species of wit are quite mechanical; these are the favorites of witlings, whose fame in words scarce outlives the remembrance of their funeral ceremonies.
      - [Wit]

Never lose sight of this important truth, that no one can be truly great until he has gained a knowledge of himself, a knowledge which can only be acquired by occasional retirement.
      - [Self-examination]

Never suffer the prejudiced the eye to determine the heart.
      - [Prejudice]

News-hunters have great leisure, with little thought; much petty ambition to be considered intelligent, without any other pretension than being able to communicate what they have just learned.
      - [Gossip]

Nobility should be elective, not hereditary.
      - [Nobility]

Novels do not force their fair readers to sin, they only instruct them how to sin; the consequences of which are fully detailed, and not in a way calculated to seduce any but weak but weak minds; few of their heroines are happily disposed of.
      - [Novels]

One ought to love society, if he wishes to enjoy solitude. It is a social nature that solitude works upon with the most various power. If one is misanthropic, and betakes himself to loneliness that he may get away from hateful things, solitude is a silent emptiness to him.
      - [Solitude]

Open your mouth and purse cautiously, and your stock of wealth and reputation shall, at least in repute, be great.
      - [Caution]

Open your purse and your mouth cautiously; and your stock of wealth and reputation shall, at least in repute, be great.
      - [Discretion]

Pride, in boasting of family antiquity, makes duration stand for merit.
      - [Ancestry]

Profound meditation in solitude and silence frequently exalts the mind above its natural tone, fires the imagination, produces the most refined and sublime conceptions. The soul then tastes the purest and most refined delight, and almost loses the idea of existence in the intellectual pleasure it receives. The mind on every motion darts through space into eternity; and raised, in its free enjoyment of its powers by its own enthusiasm, strengthens itself in the habitude of contemplating the noblest subjects, and of adopting the most heroic pursuits.
      - [Meditation]

Put this restriction on your pleasures: be cautious that they injure no being which has life.
      - [Pleasure]

Scholars are frequently to be met with who are ignorant of nothing--saving their own ignorance.
      - [Ignorance]

Silence is a trick when it imposes. Pedants and scholars, churchmen and physicians, abound in silent pride.
      - [Silence]

Silence is the safest response for all the contradiction that arises from impertinence, vulgarity, or envy.
      - [Silence]

Sloth is the torpidity of the mental faculties; the sluggard is a living insensible.
      - [Sloth]

Suicides pay the world a bad compliment. Indeed, it may so happen that the world has been beforehand with them in incivility. Granted. Even then the retaliation is at their own expense.
      - [Suicide]

Surmise is the gossamer that malice blows on fair reputations, the corroding dew that destroys the choice blossom. Surmise is primarily the squint of suspicion, and suspicion is established before it is confirmed.
      - [Suspicion]

Take care to be an economist in prosperity; there is no fear of your being one in adversity.
      - [Economy]

That happy state of mind, so rarely possessed, in which we can say, "I have enough," is the highest attainment of philosophy.
      - [Contentment]

The human mind, in proportion as it is deprived of external resources, sedulously labors to find within itself the means of happiness, learns to rely with confidence on its own exertions, and gains with greater certainty the power of being happy.
      - [Self-reliance]

The ill usage of every minute is a new record against us in heaven.
      - [Moments]


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