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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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'Age merely shows what children we remain.'


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'The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.'


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'The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.'


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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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'What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.'


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'The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.'


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'I call architecture frozen music.'


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'Personality is everything in art and poetry.'


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'The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.'


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'In art the best is good enough.'


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


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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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'It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.'


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'The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.'


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'Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.'


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'Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.'


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


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'Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves.'


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'In art the best is good enough.'


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'One cannot develop taste from what is of average quality but only from the very best.'


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


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


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'Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.'


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'A useless life is an early death.'


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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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'An unused life is an early death.'


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'Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.'


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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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'It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.'


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


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


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


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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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'I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should.'


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'Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.'


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


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


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'In art the best is good enough.'


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'To rule is easy, to govern difficult.'


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


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'Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves.'


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'Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.'


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'Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.'


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'A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.'


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


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'Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.'


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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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'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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'A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.'


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


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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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'None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.'


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'Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.'


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'Few people have the imagination for reality.'


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'Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.'


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'Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.'


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'All intelligent thoughts have already been thought what is necessary is only to try to think them again.'


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


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'Doubt grows with knowledge.'


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


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'I love those who yearn for the impossible.'


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'What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.'


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'Character develops itself in the stream of life.'


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'It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.'


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


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'Love does not dominate it cultivates.'


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'To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods.'


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'I love those who yearn for the impossible.'


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'Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.'


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


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


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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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'First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.'


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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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'Love can do much, but duty more.'


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'There is a courtesy of the heart it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.'


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'Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.'


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'Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.'


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


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'Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.'


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'Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.'


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'To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.'


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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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'I call architecture frozen music.'


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'Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout.'


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


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'On all the peaks lies peace.'


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'Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.'


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'Personality is everything in art and poetry.'


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'Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.'


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'Superstition is the poetry of life.'


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'Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.'


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


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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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'Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.'


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


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'Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.'


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'The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.'


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


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


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'Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?'


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


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'One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.'


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'We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright.'


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'Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.'


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'Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.'


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'As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.'


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'Wisdom is found only in truth.'


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'First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.'


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'Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.'


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'Wisdom is found only in truth.'


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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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'The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.'

 

 

 

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