JOHANN KASPAR LAVATER QUOTES

Swiss poet & physiognomist (1741-1801)

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He alone is a man, who can resist the genius of the age, the tone of fashion, with vigorous simplicity and modest courage.

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He knows not how to speak who cannot be silent.

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Be certain that he who has betrayed thee once will betray thee again.

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Who is open without levity; generous without waste; secret without craft; humble without meanness; bold without insolence; cautious without anxiety; regular, yet not formal; mild, yet not timid; firm, yet not tyrannical--is made to pass the ordeal of honor, friendship, virtue.

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The more unharmonious and inconsistent your objects of desire, the more inconsequent, inconstant, unquiet, the more ignoble, idiotical, and criminal yourself.

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Who in the same given time can produce more than many others, has vigour; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius.

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As the impudence of flattery, so the impudence of egotism.

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Who recollects distinctly his past adventures, knows his destiny to come.

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The greatest of characters, no doubt, would be he, who, free of all trifling accidental helps, could see objects through one grand immutable medium, always at hand, and proof against illusion and time, reflecting every object in its true shape and color through all the fluctuation of things.

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A single spark of occasion discharges the child of passions into a thousand crackers of desire.

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Wishes run over in loquacious impotence, will presses on with laconic energy.

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Trust him with none of thy individualities who is, or pretends to be, two things at once.

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Who knows whence he comes, where he is, and whither he tends, he, and he alone, is wise.

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The discovery of truth, by slow progressive meditation, is wisdom.--Intuition of truth, not preceded by perceptible meditation, is genius.

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Who trades in contradictions will not be contradicted.

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Who is respectable when thinking himself alone and free from observation will be so before the eye of all the world.

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

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Whenever a man undergoes a considerable change, in consequence of being observed by others, whenever he assumes another gait, another language, than what he had before he thought himself observed, be advised to guard yourself against him.

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The friend of order has made half his way to virtue.

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Each particle of matter is an immensity, each leaf a world, each insect an inexplicable compendium.

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