Quotes by Johann Kaspar Lavater

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Swiss theologist and mysticist

Lived from: 1741 - 1801

Category: Theologians and clergy Country: FlagSwitzerland

Born: 15 november 1741 Died: 2 january 1801

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  • Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character.
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  • He who has no taste for order, will be often wrong in his judgment, and seldom considerate or conscientious in his actions.
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  • Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action for all eternity.
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  • Airs of importance are the credentials of impotence.
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  • Be not the fourth friend of him who had three before and lost them.
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  • Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
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  • Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.
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  • 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.
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  • 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?
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  • Genius always gives its best at first; prudence, at last.
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  • Have you ever seen a pedant with a warm heart?
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  • He can feel no little wants who is in pursuit of grandeur.
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  • He is incapable of truly good action who finds not a pleasure in contemplating the good actions of others.
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  • He knows very little of mankind who expects, by any facts or reasoning, to convince a determined party man.
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  • He submits to be seen through a microscope, who suffers himself to be caught in a fit of passion.
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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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  • Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.
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  • 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.
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  • If you see one cold and vehement at the same time, set him down for a fanatic.
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  • If you wish to appear agreeable in society, you must consent to be taught many things which you know already.
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