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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Poet
Nation: German
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A person hears only what they understand.

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Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.

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In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm... in the real world all rests on perseverance.

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Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

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Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.

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If I love you, what business is it of yours?

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Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.

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Wisdom is found only in truth.

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

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Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

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A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.

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All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.

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The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.

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He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

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Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.

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No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.

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Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.

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Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.

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Common sense is the genius of humanity.

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The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.

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This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.

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Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.

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Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.

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If your treat an individual... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.

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Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.

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The coward only threatens when he is safe.

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Few people have the imagination for reality.

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The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.

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It is better to be deceived by one's friends than to deceive them.

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All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.

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Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.

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He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.

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Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.

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A clever man commits no minor blunders.

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A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.

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Doubt grows with knowledge.

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Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.

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There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables.

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Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.

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We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.

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A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.

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One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.

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Personality is everything in art and poetry.

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The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.

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A useless life is an early death.

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There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.

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Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.

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He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.

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The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.

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Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.

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Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

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If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.

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If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.

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In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.

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We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

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We usually lose today, because there has been a yesterday, and tomorrow is coming.

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Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.

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The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.

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The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.

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A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.

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Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.

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What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

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A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.

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What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.

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Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.

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Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.

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Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.

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One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.

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We don't get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like.

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Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.

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If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

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Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.

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Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.

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Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.

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Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done.

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Every step of life shows much caution is required.

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Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home.

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If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.

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Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.

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We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.

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He is dead in this world who has no belief in another.

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The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.

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To rule is easy, to govern difficult.

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We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.

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Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time.

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Error is acceptable as long as we are young; but one must not drag it along into old age.

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If you start to think of your physical and moral condition, you usually find that you are sick.

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It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.

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To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods.

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The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.

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He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.

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The right man is the one who seizes the moment.

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Nothing is worth more than this day.

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Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.

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Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens.

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All things are only transitory.

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Mastery passes often for egotism.

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Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.

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We will burn that bridge when we come to it.

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Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.

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