Ever building to the clouds, and never reflecting that the poor narrow basis cannot sustain the giddy, tottering column.
A childlike mind, in its simplicity, practices that science of good to which the wise may be blind.
He who reflects too much will achieve little.
A deep meaning often lies in old customs.
Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.
Of all the possessions of this life, fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives.
We are citizens of an age, as well as of a State; and if it is held to be unseemly, or even inadmissible, for a man to cut himself off from the customs and manners of the circle in which he lives, why should it be less of a duty, in the choice of his activity, to submit his decision to the needs and the taste of his century?
Topics: Defects, Conformity
The world is governed only by self-interest.
The worm of conscience is the companion of the owl.—The light is shunned by sinners and evil spirits only.
Power is the most persuasive rhetoric.
The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life.
It is often wise to reveal that which cannot be concealed for long.
Time flies on restless pinions – constant never.
The rich become richer and the poor become poorer is a cry heard throughout the whole civilized world.
I have enjoyed the happiness of the world; I have lived and loved.
Sorrow is brief but joy is endless
As inclination changes; thus ebbs and flows the unstable tide of public judgment.
He who considers too much will perform little.
Folly, thou conquerest, and I must yield!
Against stupidity the very gods
Themselves contend in vain. Exalted reason,
Resplendent daughter of the head divine,
Wise foundress of the system of the world,
Guide of the stars, who are thou then, if thou,
Bound to the tail of folly’s uncurb’d steed,
Must, vainly shrieking, with the drunken crowd,
Eyes open, plunge down headlong in the abyss.
We often tremble at an empty terror, yet the false fancy brings a real misery.
To gain a crown by fighting is great, to reject it divine.
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