One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
Johann von Goethe
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
In politics, as on the sickbed, people toss from side to side, thinking they will be more comfortable.
Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.
The philosopher must station themselves in the middle.
Secrecy has many advantages, for when you tell someone the purpose of any object right away, they often think there is nothing to it.
To make converts is the natural ambition of everyone.
Giving is the business of the rich.
None are so hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies. They feed them on falsehoods till wrong looks like right in their eyes.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
People have a peculiar pleasure in making converts, that is, in causing others to enjoy what they enjoy, thus finding their own likeness represented and reflected back to them.
Oral delivery aims at persuasion and making the listener believe they are converted. Few persons are capable of being convinced; the majority allow themselves to be persuaded.
Austere perseverance, hash and continuous... rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistible greater with time.
We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives.
If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.
The little that is completed, vanishes from the sight of one who looks forward to what is still to do.
There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternally new now that builds and creates itself out of the Best as the past withdraws.
Our passion are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes.
The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.
The right man is the one that seizes the moment.
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