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All Quotes by author - Johann Kaspar Lavater
" Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character. "
" Conscience is the sentinel of virtue. "
" Depend on no man, on no friend but him who can depend on himself. He only who acts conscientiously toward himself, will act so toward others. "
" Don't speak evil of someone if you don't know for certain, and if you do know ask yourself, why am I telling it? "
" Have you ever seen a pedant with a warm heart? "
" He submits to be seen through a microscope, who suffers himself to be caught in a fit of passion. "
" He, who cannot forgive a trespass of malice to his enemy, has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of love. "
" He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero. "
" Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet. "
" I am prejudiced in favor of him who, without impudence, can ask boldly. He has faith in humanity, and faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to giving grandly can ask nobly and with boldness. "
" If you see one cold and vehement at the same time, set him down for a fanatic. "
" If you wish to appear agreeable in society, you must consent to be taught many things which you know already. "
" Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once. "
" Mistrust the person who finds everything good, and the person who finds everything evil, and mistrust even more the person who is indifferent to everything. "
" Neatness begets order; but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship. "
" Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritance with him. "
" The great rule of moral conduct is next to God, respect time. "
" The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time. "
" The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers. "
" There are three classes of men; the retrograde, the stationary and the progressive. "
" Trust him not with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers. "
" What do I owe to my times, to my country, to my neighbors, to my friends? Such are the questions which a virtuous man ought often to ask himself. "
" Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence. "
" You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be. "
" You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are decidedly bad. "
" You may tell a man thou art a fiend, but not your nose wants blowing; to him alone who can bear a thing of that kind, you may tell all. "
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