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JOHANN GOTTFRIED VON HERDER
German author
(1744 - 1803)

As the shadow in early morning, is friendship with the wicked; it dwindles hour by hour. But friendship with the good increases, like the evening shadows, till the sun of life sets.
      - [Friendship]

It is a hard but good law of fate, that as every evil, so every excessive power, wears itself out.
      - [Extremes]

It is easier to make a lady of a peasant-girl than a peasant-girl of a lady.
      - [Ladies]

Jesus Christ is, in the noblest and most perfect sense, the realized ideal of humanity.
      - [Christ]

Man is a central creature between the animals, that is to say, the most perfect form, which unites the traits of all in the most complete epitome.
      - [Man]

The craving for a delicate fruit is pleasanter than the fruit itself.
      - [Anticipation]

The crown of creation.
      - [Women]

The greatest cosmopolites are generally the neediest beggars, and they who embrace the entire universe with love, for the most part, love nothing but their narrow self.
      - [Pretension]

The roots of the deepest love die in the heart, if not tenderly cherished.
      - [Love]

The working of revolutions misleads me no more; it is as necessary to our race as its waves to the stream, that it may not be a stagnant marsh. Ever renewed in its forms, the genius of humanity blossoms.
      - [Revolution]

Thus we build on the ice, thus we write on the waves of the sea; the waves roaring pass away, the ice melts, and away goes our palace, like our thoughts.
      - [Castles in the Air]

What destiny sends, bear! Whoever perseveres will be crowned.
      - [Resignation]

Whoever perseveres will be crowned.
      - [Perseverance]


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