Be entirely tolerant or not at all; follow the good path or the evil one. To stand at the crossroads requires more strength than you possess.
Believe me, the much-praised lambs of humility would not bear themselves so meekly if they but possessed tiger’s claws.
Matrimony is the high sea for which no compass has yet to be invented.
There are more fools in the world than there are people.
Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle.
There is something marvelous in music. I might almost say it is, in itself, a marvel. Its position is somewhere between the region of thought and that of phenomena; a glimmering medium between mind and matter, related to both and yet differing from either. Spiritual, and yet requiring rhythm; material, and yet independent of space.
The beauteous eyes of the spring’s fair night With comfort are downward gazing.
A blaspheming Frenchman is a spectacle more pleasing to the Lord than a praying Englishman.
It must require an inordinate share of vanity and presumption, too, after enjoying so much that is good and beautiful on earth, to ask the Lord for immortality in addition to it all.
The fundamental evil of the world arose from the fact that the good Lord has not created money enough.
He only profits from praise who values criticism.
The Wedding March always reminds me of the music played when soldiers go into battle.
He that marries is like the Doge who was wedded to the Adriatic. He knows not what there is in that which he marries: mayhap treasures and pearls, mayhap monsters and tempests await him.
Communism possesses a language which every people can understand.—Its elements are hunger, envy, and death.
The Bible is the great family chronicle of the Jews.
The weather-cock on the church spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it … did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind.
Experience is a good school, but the fees are high.
Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.
In the marvellous month of May
when all the buds were bursting,
then in my heart did
In the marvellous month of May
when all the birds were singing,
then did I reveal to her
my yearning and longing.
Mine is a most peaceable disposition. My wishes are: a humble cottage with a thatched roof, but a good bed, good food, the freshest milk and butter, flowers before my window, and a few fine trees before my door; and if God wants to make my happiness complete, He will grant me the joy of seeing some six or seven of my enemies hanging from those trees.
Oh what lies lurk in kisses!
I have smelt all the aromas there are in the fragrant kitchen they call Earth; and what we can enjoy in this life, I surely have enjoyed just like a lord.
If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin they would never have found time to conquer the world.
I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom.
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- Berthold Auerbach German Novelist
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German Poet
- Friedrich Schiller German Poet
- Johann Gottfried Herder German Poet, Literary Critic
- Konrad Adenauer German Statesman
- Novalis German Romantic Poet
- Friedrich Nietzsche German Philosopher, Scholar
- Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi German Philosopher
- Wilhelm von Humboldt German Statesman, Scholar
- Erwin Rommel German Field Marshal