Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

(1729-1781 / Germany)

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Quotes

  • ''A single thankful thought towards heaven is the most perfect of all prayers.''
    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1881), German dramatist, critic. Fräulein, in Minna von Barnhelm, act 2, sc. 7 (1767).
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  • ''The most deadly fruit is borne by the hatred which one grafts on an extinguished friendship.''
    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1881), German dramatist, critic. Philotas, in Philotas, act 3 (1759).
  • ''What education is to the individual man, revelation is to the human race. Education is revelation coming to the individual man, and revelation is education that has come, and is still coming to the human race.''
    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781), German playwright, philosopher. The Education of the Human Race, sec. 1-2, 18th Century Philosophy, p. 225, ed. Lewis W. Beck, Free Press, New York (1966).

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Alexander

Der Weise sprach zu Alexandern.
'Dort, wo die lichten Welten wandern,
Ist manches Volk, ist manche Stadt.'
Was tut der Mann von tausend Siegen?
Die Memme weint, dass dort zu kriegen,
Der Himmel keine Bruecken hat.

Ists wahr, was ihn der Weise lehret,
Und finden, was zur Welt gehoeret,

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