A sneer is often the sign of heartless malignity.Johann Kaspar Lavater
Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.Johann Kaspar Lavater
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
I am prejudiced in favor of him who, without impudence, can ask boldly. He has faith in humanity, and faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to giving grandly can ask nobly and with boldness.Johann Kaspar Lavater
It is a poor wit who lives by borrowing the words, decisions, inventions and actions of others.Johann Kaspar Lavater
Kiss the hand of him who can renounce what he has publicly taught, when convicted of his error and who, with heartfelt joy, embraces the truth, though with the sacrifice of favorite opinions.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
Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.Johann Kaspar Lavater
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.