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 Den Anakreon

Anakreon singt, alles fuehlet:
Und alles gaehnt wenn Codrus spielet.
Anakreon, sprich, wie man spielt,
Dass niemand gaehnt, dass alles fuehlt.

Du schweigst? Doch mit beredtern Blicken,
Die mich in Bacchus Laube schicken,
Sprichst du: Mein Lehrer war der Wein.
Wohl! Wohl! Er soll auch meiner sein!

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