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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
January 22, 1729 - February 15, 1781
Nationality: German
Category: Critic
Subcategory: German Critic

Absolute truth belongs to Thee alone.


Would that we could at once paint with the eyes! In the long way from the eye through the arm to the pencil, how much is lost!


One can drink too much, but one never drinks enough.


They make glorious shipwreck who are lost in seeking worlds.


A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes.


If some things don't make you lose your sense of reason, then you have none to lose.


For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity.


Let the devil catch you but by a single hair, and you are his forever.


A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer.


He who doesn't lose his wits over certain things has no wits to lose.


The most deadly fruit is borne by the hatred which one grafts on an extinguished friendship.


It is not the truth that a man possesses, or believes that he possesses, but the earnest effort which he puts forward to reach the truth, which constitutes the worth of a man.


Let us be lazy in everything, except in loving and drinking, except in being lazy.


For the will and not the gift makes the giver.


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