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Gems of Thought From German Thinkers

There is no calamity like ignorance. —Jean Paul

It is the surmounting of difficulties that makes heroes. —Kossuth

He who wants to climb must begin at the bottom. —German Proverb

Not always say all that thou knowest; but always know all that thou sayest! —Schiller

Whoever would do good in the world ought not to deal in censure. We ought not to destroy, but rather construct. —Goethe

Never speak ill of a person unless you are sure of your fact; and, even if you could swear to it, ask yourself: why do I make it known? —Kaspar Lavater

Only the peace we have fought for is worth having. Man must be capable of both these: to be master of his passions and to retain their force. —Jean Paul

Many a man dares not to examine his heart, and cowardly he trembles when no longer he can avoid facing the question what he has done, what he made out of himself, what he now is. —Schleiermacher

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