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Johann Kaspar Lavater

Johann Kaspar Lavater (November 15, 1741 - January 2, 1801), was a Swiss poet and physiognomist.
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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.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

It is a poor wit who lives by borrowing the words, decisions, inventions and actions of others.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

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.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

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

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Call him wise whose actions, words, and steps are all a clear because to a clear why.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

A sneer is often the sign of heartless malignity.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

He, who cannot forgive a trespass of malice to his enemy, has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of love.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Airs of importance are the credentials of impotence.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

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.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

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

Johann Kaspar Lavater

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

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

What do I owe to my times, to my country, to my neighbors, to my friends? Such are the questions which a virtuous man ought often to ask himself.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

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.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

There are three classes of men; the retrograde, the stationary and the progressive.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

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

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Have you ever seen a pedant with a warm heart?

Johann Kaspar Lavater

If you see one cold and vehement at the same time, set him down for a fanatic.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

You may depend upon it that he is a good man whose intimate friends are all good, and whose enemies are decidedly bad.

Johann Kaspar Lavater

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

Johann Kaspar Lavater

The public seldom forgive twice.

Johann Kaspar Lavater
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