Johann Kaspar Lavater Quotes

Who is Johann Kaspar Lavater?

Johann Kaspar Lavater was a Swiss poet, writer, philosopher, physiognomist and theologian.

Born November 15, 1741
Died January 02, 1801

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Best 107 Quotes by Johann Kaspar Lavater

“A beautiful smile is to the female countenance what the sunbeam is to the landscape; it embellishes an inferior face and redeems an ugly one.”

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“A fop of fashion is the mercer's friend, the tailor's fool, and his own foe.”

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“A great passion has no partner.”

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“A sneer is often the sign of heartless malignity.”

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“A woman whose ruling passion is not vanity, is superior to any man of equal faculties.”

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“Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action to all eternity.”

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

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“All affectation is the vain and ridiculous attempt of poverty to appear rich.”

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“All belief that does not make us more happy, more free, more loving, more active, more calm, is, I fear, a mistaken and superstitious belief.”

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“All great minds sympathize.”

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“As your enemies and your friends, so are you.”

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“Avoid the eye that discovers with rapidity the bad, and is slow to see the good.”

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“Be certain that he who has betrayed thee once will betray thee again.”

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“Be not the fourth friend of him who had three before and lost them.”

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“Before thou callest a man hero or genius, investigate whether his exertion has features of indelibility; for all that is celestial, all genius, is the offspring of immortality.”

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“Calmness of will is a sign of grandeur.”

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“Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.”

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“Decided ends are sure signs of a decided character.”

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“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.”

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“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?”

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“Every man has his devilish minutes.”

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“Existence is self-enjoyment, by means of some object distinct from ourselves.”

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“Good may be done by the bad — but the good alone can be good.”

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“Happy the heart to whom God has given enough strength and courage to suffer for Him, to find happiness in simplicity and the happiness of others.”

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“Have I done aught of value to my fellow-men? Then have I done much for myself.”

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“Have you ever seen a pedant with a warm heart?”

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“He alone is an acute observer, who can observe minutely without being observed.”

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“He also has energy who cannot be deprived of it.”

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“He is incapable of truly good action who finds not a pleasure in contemplating the good actions of others.”

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“He knows very little of mankind who expects, by any facts or reasoning, to convince a determined party man.”

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

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“He who can conceal his joys, is greater than he who can hide his griefs.”

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“He who makes too much or too little of himself has a false measure for everything.”

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“He who sedulously attends, pointedly asks, calmly speaks, coolly answers and ceases when he has no more to say is in possession of some of the best requisites of man.”

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

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“He who, in questions of right, virtue, or duty, sets himself above all ridicule, is truly great, and shall laugh in the end with truer mirth than ever he was laughed at.”

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“He who, when called upon to speak a disagreeable truth, tells it boldly and has done, is both bolder and milder than he who nibbles in a low voice, and never ceases nibbling.”

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

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

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“His calumny is not only the greatest benefit a rogue can confer on us, but the only service he will perform for nothing.”

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“Humility with energy is often mistaken for pride.”

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“I am prejudiced in favour of him who can solicit boldly, without imprudence. He has faith in humanity — he has faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to give grandly can ask nobly and with boldness.”

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

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

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“Indiscretion, rashness, falsehood, levity, and malice, produce each other.”

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“Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once.”

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“Know in the first place, that mankind agree in essence, as they do in limbs and senses.”

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“Let none turn over books, or roam the stars in quest of God, who sees him not in man.”

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“Loudness is impotence.”

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“May God preserve those he loves from profitless reading.”

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“Mistrust the man who finds everything good, the man who finds everything evil and still more the man who is indifferent to everything.”

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

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

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“She whom smiles and tears make equally lovely may command all hearts.”

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“Strange that cowards cannot see that their greatest safety lies in dauntless courage.”

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“Stubbornness is the strength of the weak.”

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“Superstition always inspires littleness, religion grandeur of mind: the superstitious raises beings inferior to himself to deities.”

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“The acquisition of will, for one thing exclusively, presupposes entire acquaintance with many others.”

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“The conscience is more wise than science.”

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“The countenance is more eloquent than the tongue.”

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“The craftiest wiles are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart.”

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“The discovery of truth, by slow progressive meditation, is wisdom.--Intuition of truth, not preceded by perceptible meditation, is genius.”

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“The enemy of art is the enemy of nature; art is nothing but the highest sagacity and exertions of human nature; and what nature will he honor who honors not the human?”

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“The freer you feel yourself in the presence of another, the more free is he.”

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

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“The horse-laugh indicates brutality of character.”

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“The humblest star twinkles most in the darkest night.”

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“The immoderate cannot laugh moderately.”

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

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“The loss of taste for what is right is loss of all right taste.”

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“The man who loves with his whole heart truth will love still more he who suffers for truth.”

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“The more any one speaks of himself, the less he likes to hear another talked of.”

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“The more honesty a man has, the less he affects the air of a saint — the affectation of sanctity is a blotch on the face of piety.”

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“The more unharmonious and inconsistent your objects of desire, the more inconsequent, inconstant, unquiet, the more ignoble, idiotical, and criminal yourself.”

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“The most stormy ebullitions of passion, from blasphemy to murder, are less terrific than one single act of cool villainy.”

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“The proverbial wisdom of the populace in the street, on the roads, and in the markets instructs the ear of him who studies man more fully than a thousand rules ostentatiously displayed.”

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“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.”

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“The public seldom forgive twice.”

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“The smiles that encourage severity of judgment hide malice and insincerity.”

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“The worst of faces still is human.”

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

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“Thinkers are scarce as gold; but he whose thoughts embrace all his subject, and who pursues it uninterruptedly and fearless of consequences, is a diamond of enormous size.”

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“Three days of uninterrupted company in a vehicle will make you better acquainted with another, than one hour's conversation with him every day for three years.”

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“To realize that you were mistaken, is just the acknowledgement , that you are wiser today than you were yesterday.”

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“Too much gravity argues a shallow mind.”

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

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“Vanity and rudeness are seldom seen together.”

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“Venerate four characters: the sanguine who has checked volatility and the rage for pleasure; the choleric who has subdued passion and pride; the phlegmatic emerged from indolence; and the melancholy who has dismissed avarice, suspicion and asperity.”

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“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.”

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“What knowledge is there of which man is capable that is not founded on the exterior, the relation that exists between visible and invisible, the perceptible and the imperceptible?”

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“Where consequence ceases, there folly, restlessness and misery begin.”

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“Where pride begins, love ceases.”

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“Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed; nature never pretends.”

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“Who cuts is easily wounded. The readier you are to offend the sooner you are offended.”

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“Who gives a trifle meanly is meaner than the trifle.”

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“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.”

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“Who is fatal to others is so to himself.”

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“Who is open without levity; generous without waste; secret without craft; humble without meanness; bold without insolence; cautious without anxiety; regular, yet not formal; mild, yet not timid; firm, yet not tyrannical - is made to pass the ordeal of honour, friendship, virtue.”

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

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“Who purposely cheats his friend,
would cheat his God.”

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“Who recollects distinctly his past adventures, knows his destiny to come.”

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“Who trades in contradictions will not be contradicted.”

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“Who will sacrifice nothing, and enjoy all, is a fool.”

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“Who, under pressing temptations to lie, adheres to truth, nor to the profane betrays aught of a sacred trust, is near the summit of wisdom and virtue.”

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

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“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.”

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“If you are pleased at finding faults, you are displeased at finding perfections.”

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