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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729 – 1781)

German writer, philosopher, dramatist, publicist, and art critic, and one of the most outstanding representatives of the Enlightenment era.
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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Denn zu einem großen Manne gehört beides: Kleinigkeiten als Kleinigkeiten, und wichtige Dinge als wichtige Dinge zu behandeln.
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Besserer Rat kommt über Nacht.
The worst of superstitions is to think
One's own most bearable.

Was ist ein Held ohne Menschenliebe!
Lessing Gotthold Ephraim
Man — who is he? Too bad, to be the work of God: Too good for the work of chance!
Perlen bedeuten Tränen.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
The true value of a man is not determined by his possession, supposed or real, of Truth, but rather by his sincere exertion to get to the Truth. It is not possession of the Truth, but rather the pursuit of Truth by which he extends his powers and in which his ever-growing perfectibility is to be found. Possession makes one passive, indolent, and proud. If God were to hold all Truth concealed in his right hand, and in his left only the steady and diligent drive for Truth, albeit with the proviso that I would always and forever err in the process, and offer me the choice, I would with all humility take the left hand, and say: Father, I will take this one—the pure Truth is for You alone.
I, who ne'er
Went for myself a begging, go a borrowing,
And that for others. Borrowing's much the same
As begging; just as lending upon usury
Is much the same as thieving.
Es ist unendlich schwer, zu wissen, wenn und wo man bleiben soll, und Tausenden für einen ist das Ziel ihres Nachdenkens die Stelle, wo sie des Nachdenkens müde geworden.
Lessing Gotthold Ephraim
Trust no friend without faults, and love a maiden, but no angel.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Eben die Bahn, aus welcher das Geschlecht zu seiner Vollkommenheit gelangt, muß jeder einzelne Mensch (der früher, der später) erst durchlaufen haben.

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