Quotes by German authors


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"Everything deep is also simple and can be reproduced simply as long as its reference to the whole truth is maintained. But what matters is not what is witty but what is true"
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"Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality"
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"Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life"
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"Do something wonderful, people may imitate it"
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"Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid"
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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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"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 first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings"
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"The African is my brother but he is my younger brother by several centuries"
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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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"The true worth of a man is not to be found in man himself, but in the colours and textures that come alive in others"
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"Man can hardly even recognize the devils of his own creation"
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"As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins"
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"Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few stones upon it"
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"An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... the truly wise person is colorblind"
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"A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives"
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"A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help"
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"A man does not have to be an angel in order to be saint"
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"A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day"
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"A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up"
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"Whoever is spared personal pain must feel himself called to help in diminishing the pain of others. We must all carry our share of the misery which lies upon the world"
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"Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him"
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"We cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into regarding everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger"
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"We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness"
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"Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace"
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"Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always"
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