"A useless life is an early death."

"A world without love would be no world."

"All poetry is supposed to be instructive but in an unnoticeable manner; it is supposed to make us aware of what it would be valuable to instruct ourselves in; we must deduce the lesson on our own, just as with life."

"Art is long, life short; judgment difficult, opportunity transient."

"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."

"Correction does much, but encouragement does more."

"Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words. "Everything that liberates our mind without at the same time imparting self-control is pernicious."

"He is a prophet and not a poet and therefore his Koran is to be seen as Divine Law, and not as a book of a human being made for education or entertainment."

"I love those who yearn for the impossible."

"If I work incessantly to the last, nature owes me another form of existence when the present one collapses."

If you inquire what the people are like here, I must answer, "The same as everywhere!"

"In limitations he first shows himself the master, And the law can only bring us freedom."

"Instruction does much, but encouragement everything."

"Investigate what is, and not what pleases."

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."

"Let us live in as small a circle as we will, we are either debtors or creditors before we have had time to look round."

"Life teaches us to be less harsh with ourselves and with others."

"Love does not dominate, it cultivates. And that is more."

"Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen."

"No one would talk much in society, if he knew how often he misunderstands others."

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."

"Nothing is more damaging to a new truth than an old error."

"Nothing is more frightful than to see ignorance in action."

"Nothing is worth more than this day."

"One is never satisfied with a portrait of a person that one knows."

"One lives but once in the world."

"One must be something in order to do something."

"One never goes so far as when one doesn't know where one is going."

"One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is the intermixing of different genres."

"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words."

"Only mankind Can do the impossible: He can distinguish, He chooses and judges, He can give permanence To the moment."

"Patriotism ruins history."

"Pleasure and love are the pinions of great deeds."

"Seeking with the soul the land of the Greeks."

"The fate of the architect is the strangest of all. How often he expends his whole soul, his whole heart and passion, to produce buildings into which he himself may never enter."

"The first and last thing demanded of genius is love of truth."

"The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone."

"The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through all eternity."

"The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become."

"There is strong shadow where there is much light."

"Three things are to be looked to in a building: that it stand on the right spot; that it be securely founded; that it be successfully executed."

"We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us."

"We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe."

"What is Classical is healthy; what is Romantic is sick."

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."

"What's it to you if I love you?"

"When young, one is confident to be able to build palaces for mankind, but when the time comes one has one's hands full just to be able to remove their trash."

"Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, And in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own."

"Whoever wishes to keep a secret, must hide from us that he possesses one."

"You really only know when you know little. Doubt grows with knowledge."

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