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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"If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed"
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"Great liars are also great magicians"
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"It is not truth that matters, but victory"
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"Germany will either be a world power or will not be at all"
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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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"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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"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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"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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"The highest proof of the spirit is love. Love the eternal thing which can already on earth possess as it really is"
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"The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve"
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"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit"
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"The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character"
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"The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up"
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"Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf"
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"Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth"
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