Gotthold Ephraim Lessing - Quotes

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For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity.

For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity.

Let us be lazy in everything, except in loving and drinking, except in being lazy. ---->>>

It is not the truth that a man possesses, or believes that he possesses, but the earnest effort which he puts forward to reach the truth, which constitutes the worth of a man. ---->>>

A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer.

A single grateful thought toward heaven is the most perfect prayer.

The most deadly fruit is borne by the hatred which one grafts on an extinguished friendship. ---->>>

He who doesn't lose his wits over certain things has no wits to lose. ---->>>

Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself. ---->>>

Absolute truth belongs to Thee alone. ---->>>

Let the devil catch you but by a single hair, and you are his forever. ---->>>

One can drink too much, but one never drinks enough. ---->>>

They make glorious shipwreck who are lost in seeking worlds. ---->>>

Would that we could at once paint with the eyes! In the long way from the eye through the arm to the pencil, how much is lost! ---->>>

If some things don't make you lose your sense of reason, then you have none to lose. ---->>>

A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes. ---->>>

For the will and not the gift makes the giver. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: German
Born: January 22, 1729
Birthplace:
Die: February 15, 1781
Occupation: Critic
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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (German: [ˈlɛsɪŋ]; 22 January 1729 – 15 February 1781) was a German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era. His plays and theoretical writings substantially influenced the development of German literature (wikipedia)