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Talent is nurtured in solitude; character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.


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"On all the peaks lies peace." Make picture quote!
"Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends." Make picture quote!
"Precaution is better than cure." Make picture quote!
"Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting." Make picture quote!
"Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture." Make picture quote!
"Personality is everything in art and poetry." Make picture quote!
"Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers." Make picture quote!
"Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid." Make picture quote!
"One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste." Make picture quote!
"One cannot develop taste from what is of average quality but only from the very best." Make picture quote!
"It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him." Make picture quote!
"One always has time enough, if one will apply it well." Make picture quote!
"Superstition is the poetry of life." Make picture quote!
"Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story." Make picture quote!
"Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at." Make picture quote!
"Nothing is to be rated higher than the value of the day." Make picture quote!
"Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action." Make picture quote!
"Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste." Make picture quote!
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." Make picture quote!
"No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others." Make picture quote!
"No one has ever learned fully to know themselves." Make picture quote!
"Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction." Make picture quote!
"Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?" Make picture quote!
"We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases." Make picture quote!
"We usually lose today, because there has been a yesterday, and tomorrow is coming." Make picture quote!
"We will burn that bridge when we come to it." Make picture quote!
"What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won." Make picture quote!
"What is important in life is life, and not the result of life." Make picture quote!
"What is my life if I am no longer useful to others." Make picture quote!
"What is not started today is never finished tomorrow." Make picture quote!
"What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own." Make picture quote!
"What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely." Make picture quote!
"Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men." Make picture quote!
"When ideas fail, words come in very handy." Make picture quote!
"Sowing is not as difficult as reaping." Make picture quote!
"Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves." Make picture quote!
"Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them." Make picture quote!
"Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens." Make picture quote!
"Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one." Make picture quote!
"Wisdom is found only in truth." Make picture quote!
"Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him." Make picture quote!
"The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them." Make picture quote!
"Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity." Make picture quote!
"Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life." Make picture quote!
"Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable." Make picture quote!
"Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess." Make picture quote!
"All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own." Make picture quote!
"Mysteries are not necessarily miracles." Make picture quote!
"Character develops itself in the stream of life." Make picture quote!
"Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality." Make picture quote!
"Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing." Make picture quote!
"Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest." Make picture quote!
"Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever." Make picture quote!
"Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent." Make picture quote!
"Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it." Make picture quote!
"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live." Make picture quote!
"An unused life is an early death." Make picture quote!
"Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do." Make picture quote!
"All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green." Make picture quote!
"Common sense is the genius of humanity." Make picture quote!
"All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again." Make picture quote!
"Age merely shows what children we remain." Make picture quote!
"A useless life is an early death." Make picture quote!
"A really great talent finds its happiness in execution." Make picture quote!
"A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise." Make picture quote!
"A person hears only what they understand." Make picture quote!
"A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them." Make picture quote!
"A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait." Make picture quote!
"A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude." Make picture quote!
"A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss." Make picture quote!
"All things are only transitory." Make picture quote!
"Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean." Make picture quote!
"Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise." Make picture quote!
"Mastery passes often for egotism." Make picture quote!
"Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time." Make picture quote!
"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is." Make picture quote!
"Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen." Make picture quote!
"Love does not dominate; it cultivates." Make picture quote!
"Love can do much, but duty more." Make picture quote!
"Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds." Make picture quote!
"Live dangerously and you live right." Make picture quote!
"Life is the childhood of our immortality." Make picture quote!
"Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world." Make picture quote!
"Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them." Make picture quote!
"Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout." Make picture quote!
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." Make picture quote!
"A clever man commits no minor blunders." Make picture quote!
"Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away." Make picture quote!
"Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live." Make picture quote!
"Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done." Make picture quote!
"Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes." Make picture quote!
"Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public." Make picture quote!
"Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time." Make picture quote!
"Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game." Make picture quote!
"Correction does much, but encouragement does more." Make picture quote!
"Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes." Make picture quote!
"The world remains ever the same." Make picture quote!
"In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it." Make picture quote!
"The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything." Make picture quote!
"The little man is still a man." Make picture quote!
"The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part." Make picture quote!
"The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection." Make picture quote!
"The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art." Make picture quote!
"The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace." Make picture quote!
"The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it." Make picture quote!
"The right man is the one who seizes the moment." Make picture quote!
"The unnatural, that too is natural." Make picture quote!
"The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim." Make picture quote!
"There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior." Make picture quote!
"There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables." Make picture quote!
"There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at." Make picture quote!
"There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view." Make picture quote!
"There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight." Make picture quote!
"Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world." Make picture quote!
"Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking." Make picture quote!
"This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew." Make picture quote!
"Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this." Make picture quote!
"We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us." Make picture quote!
"The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone." Make picture quote!
"To rule is easy, to govern difficult." Make picture quote!
"It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself." Make picture quote!
"It is better to be deceived by one's friends than to deceive them." Make picture quote!
"It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed." Make picture quote!
"We are never further from what we wish than when we believe that we have what we wished for." Make picture quote!
"We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves." Make picture quote!
"We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright." Make picture quote!
"Upon the creatures we have made, we are, ourselves, at last, dependent." Make picture quote!
"Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves." Make picture quote!
"Trust yourself, then you will know how to live." Make picture quote!
"The human mind will not be confined to any limits." Make picture quote!
"To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants." Make picture quote!
"In art the best is good enough." Make picture quote!
"To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform." Make picture quote!
"To create something you must be something." Make picture quote!
"To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be torn from us." Make picture quote!
"The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves." Make picture quote!
"The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality." Make picture quote!
"The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross." Make picture quote!
"The coward only threatens when he is safe." Make picture quote!
"The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age." Make picture quote!
"The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation." Make picture quote!
"The deed is everything, the glory is naught." Make picture quote!
"To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods." Make picture quote!
"In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm... in the real world all rests on perseverance." Make picture quote!
"Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate." Make picture quote!
"Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops." Make picture quote!
"Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God." Make picture quote!
"Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home." Make picture quote!
"Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be." Make picture quote!
"Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity." Make picture quote!
"For just when ideas fail, a word comes in to save the situation." Make picture quote!
"For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is." Make picture quote!
"First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth." Make picture quote!
"He is dead in this world who has no belief in another." Make picture quote!
"Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity." Make picture quote!
"Every step of life shows much caution is required." Make picture quote!
"Every spoken word arouses our self-will." Make picture quote!
"Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill." Make picture quote!
"Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words." Make picture quote!
"Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will." Make picture quote!
"Error is acceptable as long as we are young; but one must not drag it along into old age." Make picture quote!
"Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men." Make picture quote!
"Doubt grows with knowledge." Make picture quote!
"Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image." Make picture quote!
"Few people have the imagination for reality." Make picture quote!
"I think that I am better than the people who are trying to reform me." Make picture quote!
"Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago." Make picture quote!
"If your treat an individual... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be." Make picture quote!
"If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words." Make picture quote!
"If you start to think of your physical and moral condition, you usually find that you are sick." Make picture quote!
"If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own." Make picture quote!
"If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy." Make picture quote!
"If I love you, what business is it of yours?" Make picture quote!
"If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise." Make picture quote!
"If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses." Make picture quote!
"Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture." Make picture quote!
"I will listen to anyone's convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself." Make picture quote!
"We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us." Make picture quote!
"I love those who yearn for the impossible." Make picture quote!
"I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should." Make picture quote!
"I can tell you, honest friend, what to believe: believe life; it teaches better that book or orator." Make picture quote!
"I call architecture frozen music." Make picture quote!
"He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion." Make picture quote!
"He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it." Make picture quote!
"He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy." Make picture quote!
"He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines." Make picture quote!
"He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm." Make picture quote!
"If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different." Make picture quote!
"Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him." Make picture quote!
"Belief is not the beginning of knowledge, it is the end." Make picture quote!
"Each has his own happiness in his hands, as the artist handles the rude clay he seeks to reshape it into a figure; yet it is the same with this art as with all others: only the capacity for it is innate; the art itself must be learned and painstakingly practiced." Make picture quote!
"For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him, he must regard himself as greater than he is. " Make picture quote!
"He who is plenteously provided for from within, needs but little from without. " Make picture quote!
"How can you come to know yourself Never by thinking, always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you'll know right away what you amount to." Make picture quote!
"It is not enough to have knowledge; one must apply it. It is not enough to have wishes; one must also accomplish it. " Make picture quote!
"Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see clouded." Make picture quote!
"Talent develops in tranquility, character in the full current of human life." Make picture quote!
"The highest happiness of man . . . is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable." Make picture quote!
"Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least. " Make picture quote!
"To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state." Make picture quote!
"We can really respect a man only if he doesn't always look out for himself" Make picture quote!
"What is not fully understood is not possessed." Make picture quote!
"What people call the spirit of the times is mostly their own spirit in which the times mirror themselves" Make picture quote!
"What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius,power, and magic in it." Make picture quote!




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