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Johann Kaspar Lavater

1741-1801. Swiss theologian and poet.

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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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There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.

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Never say you know a man until you have divided an inheritance with him.

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He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.

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

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Let none turn over books, or roam the stars in quest of God, who sees him not in man.

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Be not the fourth friend of him who had three before and lost them.

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He who has no taste for order, will be often wrong in his judgment, and seldom considerate or conscientious in his actions.

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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?

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Act well at the moment, and you have performed a good action for all eternity.

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