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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An Amor

Amor, soll mich dein Besuch
Einst erfreuen--
O so lege dein Gefieder
Und die ganze Gottheit nieder.
Diese moechte mich erschrecken,
Jenes moechte Furcht erwecken,
Furcht, nach flatterhaften Kuessen,
Meine Phyllis einzubuessen.
Komm auch ohne Pfeil und Bogen,

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