Born Thursday 28 August 1749, died Thursday 22 March 1832
Professions: Artist, Poet, Politician, Writer
One cannot develop taste from what is of average quality but only from the very best.
There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.
Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.
Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves.
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.
The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part.
Every spoken word arouses our self-will.
We are never further from what we wish than when we believe that we have what we wished for.
We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright.
Nothing is to be rated higher than the value of the day.
Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.
A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.
The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.
To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.
Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.
Upon the creatures we have made, we are, ourselves, at last, dependent.
He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it.
To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform.
If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.
The human mind will not be confined to any limits.