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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“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.”

Johann Kaspar Lavater

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

Johann Kaspar Lavater

“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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“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.”


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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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“Friendship is a serious affection; the most sublime of all affections, because it is founded on principle, and cemented by time.”


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