Johann Kaspar Lavater


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Johann Kaspar (or Caspar) Lavater (15 November 1741 – 2 January 1801) was a Swiss poet and physiognomist.

Lavater was born at Zürich, and educated at the Gymnasium there, where J. J. Bodmer and J. J. Breitinger were among his teachers.

Poet

As a poet, Lavater published Christliche Lieder (1776–1780) and two epics, Jesus Messias (1780) and Joseph von Arimathia ... more »

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  • ''Say not you know another entirely till you have divided an inheritance with him.''
    Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801), Swiss divine, poet. Aphorisms on Man, no. 157 (1788).
  • ''You may tell a man thou art a fiend, but not your nose wants blowing; to him alone who can bear a thing of that kind, you may tell all.''
    Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801), Swiss divine, poet. Aphorisms on Man, no. 84 (1788).
  • ''Neatness begets order; but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship.''
    Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801), Swiss divine, poet. Aphorisms on Man, no. 583 (1788).
  • ''Have you ever seen a pedant with a warm heart?''
    Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801), Swiss divine, poet. Aphorisms on Man, no. 260 (1788).
  • ''Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.''
    Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801), Swiss divine, poet. Aphorisms on Man, no. 305 (1788).
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