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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.


Children see in their parents the past, they again in their children the future; and if we find more love in parents for their children than in children for their parents, this is sad indeed, but natural. Who does not fondle his hopes more than his recollections?

Eben die ausgezeichnetsten Menschen bedürfen der Religion am meisten, weil sie die engen Grenzen unseres menschlichen Verstandes am liebhaftesten empfinden—It is just the most eminent men that need religion most, because they feel most keenly the narrow limits of our human understanding.

Es ist nicht gut, wenn derjenige der die Fackel trägt, zugleich auch den Weg sucht—It is not good when he who carries the torch has at the same time also the way to seek.

Foresight is indeed necessary in trusting, but still more necessary in distrusting.

He who overcomes his egoism rids himself of the most stubborn obstacle that blocks the way to all true greatness and all true happiness.

Jede Macht, welche wir über andere Gegenstände ausüben, hängt von der Macht ab, die wir über uns selbst besitzen—All the power which we, in every case, exercise over other objects depends on the power we have over ourselves.

Like the air, the water, and everything else in the world, the heart too rises the higher the warmer it becomes.

Not he who has many ideas, but he who has one conviction may become a great man.

The great art of ruling consists for most part in persuading the people to believe that whatever happens happens through us.

The influence which we exercise over other objects depends on the influence we have over ourselves.

There are none of the charges brought against Socialism which might not have been brought against Christianity itself.

There is no lustre (Glanz) without light; that is the first rule to which every author should pay regard.

We may seek God by our intellect (Verstand), but we can find him only with the heart.

What is generally considered true amounts to much the same as if it were actually true.