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A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.

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

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

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

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

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.

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

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

Toward the north, from there shone Frederick, the North Star, around whom Germany, Europe, even the world seemed to turn.
(on Frederich the Great)

If you call a thing bad you do little; if you call a thing good you do much.

Viewed from the summit of reason, all life looks like a malignant disease and the world like a madhouse.

The solution of every problem is another problem.

Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different.

It has been said that figures rule the world. Maybe. But I am sure that figures tell us whether it is being ruled well or badly.

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.

Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days. What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power and genius in it.

There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.

Talent is formed in solitude, character in the bustle of the world.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.

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

Who is the happiest man? He who is alive to the merit of others, and can rejoice in their enjoyment as if it were his own.

Lay hold of life with both hands, whenever thou mayest seize it, it is interesting.

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.

Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

Everything that happens to us leaves some trace behind; everything contributes imperceptibly to make us what we are.

It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.

Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.

What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.

If you would create something, you must be something.

It is delightful to transport one's self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us, and to what glorious height we have at last reached.

This is the true measure of love: when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will ever love in the same way after us.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

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

The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.
The Sorrows of Young Werther

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