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

Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius.


The great rule of moral conduct is next to God, respect time.


There are three classes of men; the retrograde, the stationary and the progressive.


You may tell a man thou art a fiend, but not your nose wants blowing; to him alone who can bear a thing of that kind, you may tell all.


If you wish to appear agreeable in society, you must consent to be taught many things which you know already.


Neatness begets order; but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship.


He, who cannot forgive a trespass of malice to his enemy, has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of love.


I am prejudiced in favor of him who, without impudence, can ask boldly. He has faith in humanity, and faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to giving grandly can ask nobly and with boldness.


Have you ever seen a pedant with a warm heart?


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