Combine truth and invention for the sake of a closer approach to reality.
He only earns his freedom and existence who daily conquers them anew.
A useless life is an early death.
To tremble before anticipated evils is to bemoan what thou hast never lost.
Thoughts come back; beliefs persist; facts pass by never to return.
A human being needs only a small plot of ground on which to be happy, and even less to lie beneath.
Words are mere sound and smoke, dimming the heavenly light.
He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own.
I know I can trust in my heart…that she…dare I, can I express heaven in a few words? That she loves me.
General ideas and great conceit are always a fair way to bring about terrible misfortune.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Mistrust all those in whom the desire to punish is imperative.
If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts.
What's done is yet to come.
A rainbow which lasts for a quarter of an hour is looked at no longer.
And those whom once my song had cheered and gladdened, If still they live, rove through the world now saddened.
Publishers are all cohorts of the devil; there must be a special hell for them somewhere.
The world only goes forward because of those who oppose it.
There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.
Ohne Hast, aber ohne Rast. - Without haste, but without rest.
Fools and wise-folk are alike harmless. It is the half-wise, and the half-foolish, who are the most dangerous.
Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach.
Just begin and the mind grows heated; continue, and the task will be completed!
Colors are light's suffering and joy.
Once more I am a wanderer, a pilgrim, through the world. But what else are you?
In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
It is delightful to transport one's self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us.
A man's shortcomings are taken from his epoch; his virtues and greatness belong to himself.
Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.