Nothing is so hard to bear as a train of happy days.
An angel! Nonsense! Everybody so describes his mistress; and yet I find it impossible to tell you how perfect she is, or why she is so perfect: suffice it to say she has captivated all my senses.
It is better to be deceived by one's friends than to deceive them.
A useless life is an early death.
To speak the truth, as truth to me appeared, Caused noisy protests, I was hooted down. Such unpleasant incidents occurred That I ran off so as to be alone, Into the wilds. Utterly forsaken, I took at last the Devil for companion.
Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.
To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.
It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.
Let this little book be thy friend, if, owing to fortune or through thine own fault, thou canst not find a dearer companion.
The right man is the one who seizes the moment.
God save you, my brethren, with all your -isms and schisms! I am a citizen of the world, and a man of Weimer. I have established myself by culture in this choice society; and if anyone knows a better place, let him go to it.
They should be ashamed of themselves, all these sober people!
For many people, one of the most frustrating aspects of life is not being able to understand other people's behavior.
The little that is completed, vanishes from the sight of one who looks forward to what is still to do.
Ah, God! but Art is long, And Life, alas! is fleeting.
O welcome, twilight soft and sweet, That breathes throughout this hallowed shrine! Sweet pain of love, bind thou with fetters fleet The heart that on the dew of hope must pine!
I'm fairly fond of boys, but my preference is for girls; When I have enough of a girl, she serves me still as a boy.
Literature decays only as men become more and more corrupt.
We can really respect a man only if he doesn't always look out for himself.
I treat my little heart like a sick child: whatever it wishes for is granted.
The society of women is the element of good manners.