Johann Kaspar Lavater Quotes

Johann Kaspar Lavater

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Be assured those will be thy worst enemies, not to whom thou hast done evil, but who have done evil to thee. And those will be thy best friends, not to whom thou hast done good, but who have done good to thee.

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Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art raw.

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Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.

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Call him wise whose actions, words, and steps are all a clear because to a clear why.

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Mistrust the man who finds everything good, the man who finds everything evil and still more the man who is indifferent to everything.

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It is a poor wit who lives by borrowing the words, decisions, inventions and actions of others.

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Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.

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

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

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There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness, and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness, and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.

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A sneer is often the sign of heartless malignity.

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