Talk:Johann Kaspar Lavater

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  • Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character.
  • Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.
  • Don't speak evil of someone if you don't know for certain, and if you do know ask yourself, why am I telling it?
  • He submits to be seen through a microscope, who suffers himself to be caught in a fit of passion.
  • He who has no taste for order, will be often wrong in his judgment, and seldom considerate or conscientious in his actions.
  • He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.
  • I am prejudiced in favor of him who, without impudence, can ask boldly. He has faith in humanity, and faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to giving grandly can ask nobly and with boldness.
  • If you wish to appear agreeable in society, you must consent to be taught many things which you know already.
  • Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once.
  • Mistrust the person who finds everything good, and the person who finds everything evil, and mistrust even more the person who is indifferent to everything.
  • Stubborness is the strength of the weak.
  • The craftiest trickery are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart.
  • The great rule of moral conduct is next to God, respect time.
  • The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time.
  • The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers.
  • There are three classes of men; the retrograde, the stationary and the progressive.
  • Too much gravity argues a shallow mind.
  • Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.
  • You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
  • A woman with a beard is not as repulsive as a woman who thinks in her own right.