Berthold Auerbach Quotes

To harbor hatred and animosity in the soul makes one irritable gloomy and prematurely old.

Judaism lives not in an abstract creed but in its institutions.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Of all afflictions the worst is self-contempt.

The silver-leaved birch retains in its old age a soft bark; there are some such men.

Truly one gets easier accustomed to a silken bed than to a sack of leaves.

To acquire money requires valor to keep money requires prudence and to spend money well is an art.

All men are selfish but the vain man is in love with himself. He admires like the lover his adored one everything which to others is indifferent.

Our second mother habit is also a good mother.

Discontent is the source of all trouble but also of all progress in individuals and nations.

We hear the rain fall but not the snow. Bitter grief is loud calm grief is silent.

People look with sympathetic eyes only at the blossom and the fruit and disregard the long period of transition during which the one is ripening into the other.

Years teach us more than books.

Being alone when one's belief is firm is not to be alone.

Why has no religion this command before all others: Thou shalt work?

Solitude has a healing consoler friend companion: it is work.

The little dissatisfaction which every artist feels at the completion of a work forms the germ of a new work.

Only he is free who cultivates his own thoughts and strives without fear to do justice to them.

When you have discovered a stain in yourself you eagerly seek for and gladly find stains in others.

What will people say-in these words lies the tyranny of the world the whole destruction of our natural disposition the oblique vision of our minds. These four words hold sway everywhere.

If you sound great in the practice room you're practicing the wrong thing. Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

In Nature there is no dirt everything is in the right condition; the swamp and the worm as well as the grass and the bird -all is there for itself.

Imagination is the mightiest despot.

Liberty is from God; liberties from the devil.

The world is the same everywhere.

Weak men are easily put out of humor. Oil freezes quicker than water.

No mortal eye has ever fully seen a flash of lightning ... for no matter how firmly we look our eyes are sure to be dazzled.

It is only when one is thoroughly true that there can be purity and freedom. Falsehood always punishes itself.

Gratitude is a soil on which joy thrives.

With hat in hand one gets on in the world.

I have been young and am now old and have not yet known an untruthful man to come to a good end.

He who to be happy needs nothing but himself is happy.

What is all our knowledge worth? We do not even know what the weather will be tomorrow.

When the foot of the' mountain is enveloped in mist the mountain appears to us much loftier than it is; so also when the ground and basis of a disaster is not clear to us.

Some men like modern shops hang everything in their show windows; when one goes inside nothing is to be found.

The vain being is the really solitary being.

We consider it tedious to talk of the weather and yet there is nothing more important.