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German poet
(1749 - 1832)
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In praising or loving a child, we love and praise not that which is, but that which we hope for.
      - [Children]

In society every man is taken for what he gives himself out to be; but he must give himself out to be something. Better to be slightly disagreeable than altogether insignificant.
      - [Character]

In the government of men, a great deal may be done by severity, more by love, but most of all by clear discernment and impartial justice, which pays no respect to persons.
      - [Government]

Ingratitude is always a kind of weakness. I have never seen that clever men have been ungrateful.
      - [Ingratitude]

Intercourse with women is the element of good manners.
      - [Manners]

It is belief in the Bible, the fruits of deep meditation, which has served me as the guide of my moral and literary life. I have found capital safely invested and richly productive of interest, although I have sometimes made but a bad use of it.
      - [Bible]

It is commonly the personal character of a writer which gives him his public significance. It is not imparted by his genius. Napoleon said of Corneille, "Were he living I would make him a king;" but he did not read him. He read Racine, yet he said nothing of the kind of Racine.
      - [Authorship]

It is delightful to transport one's self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us, and to what a glorious height we have at last reached.
      - [Past]

It is impossible that beauty should ever distinctly appreciate itself.
      - [Beauty]

It is much easier to meet with error than to find truth; error is on the surface, and can be more easily met with; truth is hid in great depths, the way to seek does not appear to all the world.
      - [Error]

It is natural to man to regard himself as the object of the creation, and to think of all things in relation to himself, and the degree in which they can serve and be useful to him.
      - [Egotism]

It is not always necessary that truth should be embodied; enough if it hover, spirit-like, around us and produce harmony, if it float through the aid like the sweetly solemn chiming of a minster bell.
      - [Truth]

It is only necessary to grow old to become more indulgent. I see no fault committed that I have not committed myself.
      - [Age]

It matters little whether a man be mathematically or philologically or artistically cultivated, so he be but cultivated.
      - [Cultivation]

It never occurs to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
      - [Merit]

Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
      - [Self-trust]

Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
      - [Kindness]

Lamps make oil-spots and candles need snuffing; it is only the light of heaven that shines pure and leaves no stain.
      - [Light]

Let us not dream that reason can ever be popular. Passions, emotions, may be made popular; but reason remains ever the property of an elect few.
      - [Reason]

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.
      - [Change]

Life teaches us to be less harsh with ourselves than with others.
      - [Life]

Literature is a fragment of a fragment. Of all that ever happened, or has been said, but a fraction has been written; and of this but little is extant.
      - [Literature]

Live dangerously and you live right.
      - [Danger]

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
      - [Love]

Make the most of time, it flies away so fast; yet method will teach you to win time.
      - [Method]

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