Moons and years pass by and are gone forever, but a beautiful moment shimmers through life a ray of light.
Before passing different laws for different people, I'd relinquish myself unto you as your slave.
No shortcomings of other people cause us to be more intolerant than those which are caricatures of our own.
I'd wish the government took honest people into consideration, it shows enough consideration for scoundrels.
Poetry, it is often said and loudly so, is life's true mirror. But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates.
Let the famous not denounce fame. Far from being empty and meaningless, it fills those it touches with divine power.
Science and art, or by the same token, poetry and prose differ from one another like a journey and an excursion. The purpose of the journey is its goal, the purpose of an excursion is the process.
I look around me and nowhere do I see a stamp of disapproval with which nature marked a woman's candid brow.
There shall be no slave in your home, male or female: Least of all the mother of your son.
Whoever places his trust into a system will soon be without a home. While you are building your third story, the two lower ones have already been dismantled.
The ideas of an age are most abundant where they are not crowded by original ideas.
No one will stop to help you when you are in need, but everyone forces opinions upon you that you do not require.
It's the misfortune of German authors that not a single one of them dares to expose his true character. Everyone thinks that he has to be better than he is.
To test a modest man's modesty do not investigate if he ignores applause, find out if he abides criticism.
I love the pride whose measure is its own eminence and not the insignificance of someone else.