Quotes by Gotthold Lessing

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (January 22, 1729 February 15, 1781), writer, philosopher, publicist, and art critic, is the most outstanding German representative of the Enlightenment era. With his plays and his theoretical writings he substantially influenced the development of German literature.

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

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. For it is not by the possession, but the search after truth that he enlarges his power, wherein alone consists his ever-increasing perfection.

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