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The future comes slowly, the present flies and the past stands still forever.

The average estimate themselves by what they do, the above average by what they are.
Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.
Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.
Keep true to the dreams of your youth.
Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.
One drop of hatred left in the cup of joy turns the most blissful draught into poison.
The voice of the majority is no proof of justice.
The strong man is strongest when alone.
Great souls endure in silence.
The brave person thinks of themselves last of all.
Opposition always enflames the enthusiast, never converts him.
I am better than my reputation.
Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor.
It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.
It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.
Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.
That which is so universal as death must be a benefit.
If you have never seen beauty in a moment of suffering, you have never seen beauty at all. If you have never seen joy in a beautiful face, you have never seen joy at all.
Truth exists for the wise, beauty for the feeling heart.
He who considers too much will perform little.
Revenge is barren of itself: it is the dreadful food it feeds on; its delight is murder, and its end is despair.
What the inner voice says will not disappoint the hoping soul.
The jest loses its point when he who makes it is the first to laugh.
Honesty prospers in every condition of life.
Friends show me what I can do, foes teach me what I should do.
Where there is much freedom there is much error.
Full of wisdom are the ordinations of fate.
Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives.
What shall he fear that does not fear death.
In a narrow circle the mind grows narrow. The more one expands, the larger their aims.
Will it, and set to work briskly.
The universe is one of God's thoughts.
Even the weak become strong when they are united.
Truth lives on in the midst of deception.
Think with awe on the slow and quiet power of time.
It is difficult to discriminate the voice of truth from amid the clamor raised by heated partisans.
Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.
The greater part of humanity is too much harassed and fatigued by the struggle with want, to rally itself for a new and sterner struggle with error.
Nothing, it is true, is more common than for both Science and Art to pay homage to the spirit of the age, and for creative taste to accept the law of critical taste.
Peace is rarely denied to the peaceful.
Measure not by the scale of perfection the meager product of reality.
Wise to resolve, patient to perform.
Yes great people are always subject to persecution and always getting into straits.
Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.
The rich become richer and the poor become poorer is a cry heard throughout the whole civilized world.
Power is the most persuasive rhetoric.
The world is ruled only by consideration of advantages.
No emperor has the power to dictate to the heart.
To gain a crown by fighting is great, to reject it divine.
It is often wise to reveal that which cannot be concealed for long.
A noble heart will always capitulate to reason.
To save all we must risk all.
It is wise to disclose what cannot be concealed.
Speech is always bolder than action.
He who has done his best for his own time has lived for all times.
Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators.
Mankind is made great or little by its own will.
Worthless is the nation that does not gladly stake its all on its honor.
There is room in the smallest cottage for a happy loving pair.
Historians are prophets with their face turned backward.
Nothing leads to good that is not natural.
While the womanly god demands our veneration, the godlike woman kindles our love; but while we allow ourselves to melt in the celestial loveliness, the celestial self-sufficiency holds us back in awe.
The lamp of genius burns quicker than the lamp of life.
Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.
Freedom exists only with power.
Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine.
No doubt the artist is the child of his time; but woe to him if he is also its disciple, or even its favorite.
Votes should be weighed not counted.
Not without a shudder may the human hand reach into the mysterious urn of destiny.
No cause has he to say his doom is harsh, who's made the master of his destiny.
There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.
This is the curse of an evil deed, that it incites and must bring forth more evil.
We are citizens of an age, as well as of a State; and if it is held to be unseemly, or even inadmissible, for a man to cut himself off from the customs and manners of the circle in which he lives, why should it be less of a duty, in the choice of his activity, to submit his decision to the needs and the taste of his century?
He cannot complain of a hard sentence, who is made master of his own fate.
He that is over -- cautious will accomplish little.
The artist is the child of his time; but woe to him if he is also its disciple, or even its favorite.
As noble Art has survived noble nature, so too she marches ahead of it, fashioning and awakening by her inspiration. Before Truth sends her triumphant light into the depths of the heart, imagination catches its rays, and the peaks of humanity will be glowing when humid night still lingers in the valleys.
Appearance rules the world.
One can advise comfortably from a safe port.
It is easy to give advice from a port of safety.
All things must; man is the only creature that wills.
The will of man is his happiness.
A gloomy guest fits not a wedding feast.
They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom.
Youth covets; let not this covetousness seduce you.