Gotthold Lessing

Germany
22 Jan 1729 // 15 Feb 1781
Writer / Philosopher / Dramatist

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Would that we could at once paint with the eyes! In the long way from the eye through the arm to the pencil, how much is lost!
The most deadly fruit is borne by the hatred which one grafts on an extinguished friendship
Let us be lazy in everything, except in loving and drinking, except in being lazy
It is not the truth that a man possesses, or believes that he possesses, but the earnest effort which he puts forward to reach the truth, which constitutes the worth of a man
For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity
For the will and not the gift makes the giver
Suspicion follows close on mistrust
He who knows much has many cares
It is not children only that one feeds with fairy tales
Borrowing is not much better than begging
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays