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

Author Quotes

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.

Do your duty until it becomes your joy.

Indifference of every kind is reprehensible, even indifference towards one?s self.

Oh happy pessimists! What a joy it is to them to be able to prove again and again that there is no joy.

An aphorism is the last link in a long chain of thought.

Enthusiasm does not always speak for those who arouse it, but always for those who experience it.

It is a characteristic of the great that they demand far less of other people than of themselves.

Old age either transfigures or stultifies.

An apparent contradiction of a natural law is only the rarely occurring proof of another natural law.

Even a stopped clock is right twice every day. After some years, it can boast of a long series of successes.

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