German Political Writer and Satirist
"Most people are dissatisfied, because too few know that the distance between one and nothing is greater than that between one and a thousand."
"Bring the history of the past not as a gloomy memento mori, but as a friendly forget-me-not, whose lessons we may recall with love."
"Experience is like a pitiless beauty. Years pass before you win her, and by the time she finally surrenders, you have both grown old and no longer need one another."
"Governments which suppress freedom of speech... act like children who shut their eyes in order not to be seen."
"Not years but experiences age us; hence man would be the unhappiest of creatures were he a diligent pupil of experience. That each new generation and each new era starts out from the cradle is what keeps mankind eternally young."
"In a million people there are a thousand thinkers, and in a thousand thinkers there is one self-thinker. "