Johann Kaspar Lavater Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old johann kaspar lavater quotes, johann kaspar lavater sayings, and johann kaspar lavater proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time.     

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Airs of importance are the credentials of impotence.     

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He who purposely cheats his friend, would cheat his God.     

Johann Kaspar Lavater

The craftiest trickery are too short and ragged a cloak to cover a bad heart.     

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The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers.     

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Trust him not with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers.     

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Don't speak evil of someone if you don't know for certain, and if you do know ask yourself, why am I telling it?     

Johann Kaspar Lavater

He who purposely cheats his friend, would cheat his God.     

Johann Kaspar Lavater

The jealous are possessed by a mad devil and a dull spirit at the same time.     

Johann Kaspar Lavater

A beautiful smile is to the female countenance what the sunbeam is to the landscape; it embellishes an inferior face and redeems an ugly one.     

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Who has a daring eye tell downright truths and downright lies.     

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Existence is self-enjoyment, by means of some object distinct from ourselves.     

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Softness of smile indicates softness of character.     

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Stubbornness is the strength of the weak.     

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The wrath that on conviction subsides into mildness, is the wrath of a generous mind.     

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There are no friends more inseparable than pride and hardness of heart, humility and love, falsehood and impudence.     

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Who gives a trifle meanly is meaner than the trifle.     

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As a man's salutations, so is the total of his character; in nothing do we lay ourselves so open as in our manner of meeting and salutation.     

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He who is passionate and hasty is generally honest. It is your cool, dissembling hypocrite of whom you should beware.     

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Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.     

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Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.     

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The policy of adapting one's self to circumstances makes all ways smooth.     

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Who has witnessed one free and unconstrained act of yours, has witnessed all.     

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