Johann Kaspar Lavater Quotations

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Depend on no man, on no friend but him who can depend on himself. He only who acts conscientiously toward himself, will act so toward others.

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?

Have you ever seen a pedant with a warm heart?

He can feel no little wants who is in pursuit of grandeur.

He submits to be seen through a microscope, who suffers himself to be caught in a fit of passion.

He who can conceal his joys, is greater than he who can hide his griefs.

Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.

I am prejudiced in favor of him who, without impudence, can ask boldly. He has faith in humanity, and faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to giving grandly can ask nobly and with boldness.

If you wish to appear agreeable in society, you must consent to be taught many things which you know already.

Mistrust the man who finds everything good; the man who finds everything evil; and still more the man who is indifferent to everything.

Say not you know another entirely, till you have divided an inheritance with him.

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

The great rule of moral conduct is next to God, respect time.

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

To know yourself you have only to set down a true statement of those that ever loved or hated you.

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

Where there is much pretension, much has been borrowed; nature never pretends.

You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.

You may tell a man thou art a fiend, but not your nose wants blowing; to him alone who can bear a thing of that kind, you may tell all.