Johann Kaspar Lavater - Quotes

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

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

Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritance with him. ---->>>

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

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

Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character. ---->>>

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? ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are decidedly bad. ---->>>

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

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

Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once. ---->>>

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

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

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

There are three classes of men; the retrograde, the stationary and the progressive. ---->>>

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

The great rule of moral conduct is next to God, respect time. ---->>>

The public seldom forgive twice.

The public seldom forgive twice.

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

Conscience is the sentinel of virtue. ---->>>

Have you ever seen a pedant with a warm heart? ---->>>

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

Biography

Nationality: German
Born: November 15, 1741
Birthplace:
Die: January 2, 1801
Occupation: Theologian
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Johann Kaspar (or Caspar) Lavater (15 November 1741 – 2 January 1801) was a Swiss poet, writer, philosopher, physiognomist and theologian.(wikipedia)