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Johann Kaspar Lavater
November 15, 1741 - January 2, 1801
Nationality: German
Category: Theologian
Subcategory: German Theologian

Depend on no man, on no friend but him who can depend on himself. He only who acts conscientiously toward himself, will act so toward others.


Mistrust the person who finds everything good, and the person who finds everything evil, and mistrust even more the person who is indifferent to everything.


If you see one cold and vehement at the same time, set him down for a fanatic.


Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once.


Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritance with him.


Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character.


You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.


The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers.


The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time.


You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are decidedly bad.


He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.


Trust him not with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers.


Never say you know a man until you have divided an inheritance with him.


Don't speak evil of someone if you don't know for certain, and if you do know ask yourself, why am I telling it?


The public seldom forgive twice.


Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.


Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.


What do I owe to my times, to my country, to my neighbors, to my friends? Such are the questions which a virtuous man ought often to ask himself.


Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.


He submits to be seen through a microscope, who suffers himself to be caught in a fit of passion.


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