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Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741 – 1801)


Swiss poet and physiognomist.
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Johann Kaspar Lavater
The public seldom forgive twice.
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Happy the heart to whom God has given enough strength and courage to suffer for Him, to find happiness in simplicity and the happiness of others.
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The more honesty a man has, the less he affects the air of a saint.




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He who, when called upon to speak a disagreeable truth, tells it boldly and has done is both bolder and milder than he who nibbles in a low voice and never ceases nibbling.
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Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.
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You may tell a man thou art a fiend, but not your nose wants blowing; to him alone who can bear a thing of that kind, you may tell all.
Johann Kaspar Lavater
Venerate four characters: the sanguine who has checked volatility and the rage for pleasure; the choleric who has subdued passion and pride; the phlegmatic emerged from indolence; and the melancholy who has dismissed avarice, suspicion and asperity.
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Neatness begets order; but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship.
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Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action to all eternity.
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Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed: nature never pretends.
Johann Kaspar Lavater
Trust not him with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers.




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If you mean to know yourself, interline such of these aphorisms as affect you agreeably in reading, and set a mark to such as left a sense of uneasiness with you; and then show your copy to whom you please.
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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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Have you ever seen a pedant with a warm heart?
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Let none turn over books, or roam the stars in quest of God, who sees him not in man.
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Never tell evil of a man, if you do not know it for certainty, and if you know it for a certainty, then ask yourself, 'Why should I tell it?'
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Say not you know another entirely, till you have divided an inheritance with him.
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Who in the same given time can produce more than others has vigor; who can produce more and better, has talents; who can produce what none else can, has genius.
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