Johann Kaspar Lavater

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Swiss theologist and mysticist

Lived from: 1741-1801

Category: Theologians and clergy

Quotes: Johann Kaspar Lavater

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    Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.
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    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.
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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 know already.
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    Intuition is the clear concept of the whole at once.
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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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    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.
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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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    Never say you know a man until you have divided an inheritance with him.
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    Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritance with him.
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    Stubbornness is the strength of the weak.
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    The craftiest trickery are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart.
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    The great rule of moral conduct is next to God, respect time.
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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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    There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.