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JOHANN KASPAR LAVATER (JOHN CASPAR LAVATER)
Swiss theologian, poet, mystic and physiognomist
(1741 - 1801)
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Call him wise whose actions, words, and steps are all a clear because to a clear why.
      - [Wisdom]

Calmness of will is a sign of grandeur. The vulgar, far from hiding their will, blab their wishes. A single spark of occasion discharges the child of passions into a thousand crackers of desire.
      - [Will]

Certain trifling flaws sit as disgracefully on a character of elegance as a ragged button on a court dress.
      - [Character]

Close thine ear against him that shall open his mouth secretly against another. If thou receivest not his words, they fly back and wound the reporter. If thou dost receive them, they fly forward and wound the receiver.
      - [Slander]

Copiousness and simplicity, variety and unity, constitute real greatness of character.
      - [Greatness]

Defeat serves to enlighten us.
      - [Defeat]

Depend on no man, on no friend, but him who can depend on himself.
      - [Dependence]

Desire is the uneasiness a man finds in himself upon the absence of anything whose present enjoyment carries the idea of delight with it.
      - [Desire]

Do not believe that a book is good, if in reading it thou dost not become more contented with thy existence, if it does not rouse up in thee most generous feelings.
      - [Books]

Dread more the blunderer's friendship than the calumniator's enmity.
      - [Friendship]

Dress is an index of your contents.
      - [Dress]

Each particle of matter is an immensity, each leaf a world, each insect an inexplicable compendium.
      - [Trifles]

Evasions are the common shelter of the hard-hearted, the false and impotent when called upon to assist; the really great alone plan instantaneous help, even when their looks or words presage difficulties.
      - [Evasion]

Every day should be distinguished by at least one particular act of love.
      - [Goodness]

Every man has his devilish minutes.
      - [Sin]

Faces are as legible as books, only with these circumstances to recommend them to our perusal, that they are read in much less time, and are much less likely to deceive us.
      - [Face]

Fools learn nothing from wise men, but wise men learn much from fools.
      - [Fools]

Genius always gives its best at first, prudence at last.
      - [Genius]

Good-humor is always a success.
      - [Good Humor]

Habit is altogether too arbitrary a master for me to submit to.
      - [Habit]

Half talent is no talent.
      - [Mediocrity]

Happy the heart to whom God has given enough strength and courage to suffer for Him, to find happiness in simplicity and the happiness of others.
      - [Contentment]

Have I done aught of value to my fellow-men? Then have I done much for myself.
      - [Usefulness]

He alone has energy that cannot be deprived of it.
      - [Energy]

He alone is a man who can resist the genius of the age, the tone of fashion, with vigorous simplicity and modest courage.
      - [Fashion : Simplicity]


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