Maria Von Ebner-Eschenbach, or Marie von Ebner-Eschenbachová, Marie Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach

Maria Von
Ebner-Eschenbach, or Marie von Ebner-Eschenbachová, Marie Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach

Austrian Writer, Novelist and Baroness

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Wishes which cannot be fulfilled are said to be ?pious.? It is assumed, apparently, that only profane wishes are fulfilled.

Chance is necessity hidden behind a veil.

If art finds the temple closed, then it flees into the workshop.

None are so inconsiderate as those who demand nothing of life other than their own personal comfort.

Commonly understood, that is to say: understood by common people, and beyond that it not seldom also means: unpalatable to the un-common people.

If there be a faith that can move mountains, it is faith in one's own power.

Not what we experience, but how we perceive what we experience, determines our fate.

Conquer, but don't triumph.

If there is a faith which can move mountains, then it is a faith in one's own strength.

Nothing is less promising than precociousness; the young thistle looks much more like a future tree than the young oak.

Consider well before you immerse yourself in solitude whether your own company will be good for you.

If you have one good idea, people will lend you twenty.

Nothing is so often and so irrevocably missed as the opportunity which crops up daily.

Dealing with egotists is so corrupting because we gradually fall into their mistakes out of self-defense.

If you walk down a well-trodden path long enough, you eventually end up alone.

Nothing is so often irretrievably missed as a daily opportunity.

A clever woman has millions of born foes,--all stupid men.

Dilettantes have not achieved anything lasting even in the applied arts. But they have rendered some service to the highest of all disciplines: philosophy. Montaigne, La Rochefoucauld, Vauvenargues are proof of this.

In meeting again after a separation, acquaintances ask after our outward life, friends after our inner life.

Nothing makes us more cowardly and unconscionable than the desire to be loved by everyone.

A defeat borne with pride is also a victory.

Do not consider yourself deprived because your dreams were not fulfilled; the truly deprived have never dreamed.

Indifference and contempt will always be able to take on an aura of intellectual superiority over sympathy and love for others.

Nowadays people are born to find fault. When they look at Achilles, they see only his heel.

A poor, charitable person can sometimes feel rich, a miserly Croesus never.

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Maria Von
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Ebner-Eschenbach, or Marie von Ebner-Eschenbachová, Marie Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach
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Austrian Writer, Novelist and Baroness