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JOHANN GOTTLIEB FICHTE
German philosopher
(1762 - 1814)

All death in nature is birth, and at the moment of death appears visibly the rising of life. There is no dying principle in nature, for nature throughout is unmixed life, which, concealed behind the old, begins again and develops itself. Death as well as birth is simply in itself, in order to present itself ever more brightly and more like to itself.
      - [Death]

Here below is not the land of happiness: I know it now; it is only the land of toil, and every joy which comes to us is only to strengthen us for some greater labor that is to succeed.
      - [Joy]

If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us at least live so as to deserve happiness.
      - [Happiness]

My mind can take no hold on the present world, nor rest in it a moment, but my whole nature rushes onward with irresistible force towards a future and better state of being.
      - [Future]

Not alone to know, but to act according to thy knowledge, is thy destination,--proclaims the voice of my inmost soul. Not for indolent contemplation and study of thyself, nor for brooding over emotions of piety,--no, for action was existence given thee; thy actions, and thy actions alone, determine thy worth.
      - [Action]

O, what a fate is that of man! As often as I hear of some undeserved wretchedness, my thoughts rest on that world where all will be made straight, and where the labors of the sorrowful will end in joy. O that we could call up in the hearts of the afflicted such thoughts!
      - [Immortality]

The most reckless sinner against his own conscience has always in the background the consolation that he will go on in this course only this time, or only so long, but that at such a time he will amend. We may be assured that we do not stand clear with our own consciences so long as we determine or project, or even hold it possible, at some future time to alter our course of action.
      - [Conscience]

To be happy is not the purpose of our being, but to deserve happiness.
      - [Happiness]

A man can do what he ought to do; and when he says he cannot, it is because he will not.
  [Ger., Der Mensch kann was er soll; und wenn er sagt er kann nicht, so will er nicht.]
      - Letter [Will]


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