Quotes by German authors


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"The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been"
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"In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet"
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"Hate is more lasting than dislike"
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"The first object of my endeavours was the means to become perfect and happy"
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"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"
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"What doesn't kill us makes us stronger"
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"Years teach us more than books"
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"Words build bridges into unexplored regions"
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"As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice"
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"I bought some books in order to learn the first principles of philosophy"
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"Do not let Sunday be taken from you If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan"
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"Germany will either be a world power or will not be at all"
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"Great liars are also great magicians"
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"If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed"
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"It is not truth that matters, but victory"
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"Success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong"
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"I am undecided whether or not the Milky Way is but one of countless others all of which form an entire system. Perhaps the light from these infinitely distant galaxies is so faint that we cannot see them"
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"I understood that the will could not be improved before the mind had been enlightened"
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"Love does not dominate; it cultivates"
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"We took this challenge before our Lord and our conscience, and it must be done, because this man, Hitler, he is the ultimate evil"
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"If our most highly qualified General Staff officers had been told to work out the most nonsensical high level organization for war which they could think of, they could not have produced anything more stupid that that which we have at present"
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"They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom"
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"First need in the reform of hospital management? That's easy! The death of all dietitians, and the resurrection of a French chef"
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"Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory"
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"Day by day we should weigh what we have granted to the spirit of the world against what we have denied to the spirit of Jesus, in thought and especially in deed"
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"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate"
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"Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind"
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"By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive"
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"By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive"
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"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us"
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