Did you think the lion was sleeping because he didn't roar?
To save all we must risk all.
The joke loses everything when the joker laughs himself.
Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.
We shall be free, just as our fathers were.
Every true genius is bound to be naive.
I feel an army in my fist.
Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor.
Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.
Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish play.
If you cannot please everyone with your deeds and your art, please a few. To please many is bad.
When the wine goes in, strange things come out.
It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.
The voice of the majority is no proof of justice
The iron chain and the silken cord are both equally bonds.
Our age is enlightened... How is it, then, that we still remain barbarians?
Man only plays when he is in the fullest sense of the word a human being, and he is only fully a human being when he plays
Live with your century, but do not be its creature.
Only through Beauty's morning-gate, dost thou penetrate the land of knowledge.
God helps the brave
On the mountains there is freedom! The world is perfect everywhere, save where man comes with his torment.
Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.
The concrete life of the individual is destroyed in order that the abstract idea of the whole may drag out its sorry existence.
Truth exists for the wise, beauty for the feeling heart.
But how is the artist to protect himself against the corruption of the age which besets him on all sides?
All powerful souls have kindred with each other.
Man, one may say, was never in such a completely animal condition; but he has, on the other hand, never escaped from it.
Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.
Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told me in my childhood than any truth that is taught in life.
While the gods remained more human, the men were more divine.
Der Mensch braucht wenig, und an Leben reich Ist die Natur.
The dignity of mankind is in your hands; protect it! It sinks with you! With you it will ascend.
The man of courage thinks not of himself. Help the oppressed and put thy trust in God.
When the mechanic has to mend a watch he lets the wheels run out; but the living watchworks of the state have to be repaired while they act, and a wheel has to be exchanged for another during its revolutions.
Mankind is made great or little by its own will.
Who reflects too much will accomplish little.
Let not thy heart cling to the things which for so short a time deck out thy life. Let him who has, learn to lose, and him who is happy, familiarise himself with what may give pain.
World history is the world's court
Man is never so authentically himself than when at play.
Death is not too high a price for this—This taste of heaven—
Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air.
Gegen die Dummheit kämpfen selbst die Götter vergebens ("Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain")
There is no such thing as chance; and what seems to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.
Dem Mimen flicht die Nachwelt keine Kränze.