Great Throughts Treasury

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

Austrian Writer, Novelist and Baroness

"As far as your self-control goes, as far goes your freedom."

"Even a stopped clock is right twice a day."

"Exceptions are not always the proof of the old rule; they can also be the harbinger of a new one."

"Imaginary evils are incurable. "

"In youth we learn; in age we understand."

"Little evil would be done in the world if evil never could be done in the name of good."

"Nobody knows enough, but many know too much."

"None are so eager to gain new experience as those who don't know how to make use of the old ones."

"Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them."

"Privilege is the greatest enemy of right. "

"The poor man wishes to conceal his poverty, and the rich man his wealth: the former fears lest he be despised, the latter lest he be plundered."

"Those who understand only what can be explained understand very little."

"To be content with little is hard; to be content with much, impossible."

"Whenever two good people argue over principles, they are both right."

"What delights us in visible beauty is the invisible."

"He who believes in freedom of the will has never loved and never hated."

"Accident is veiled necessity."

"Age either transfigures or petrifies."

"As soon as fashion is universal, it is out of date."

"An opinion may be controverted; a prejudice, never."

"Be the first to say what is self-evident, and you are immortal."

"Fools usually know best that which the wise despair of ever comprehending."

"Generosity, to be perfect, should always be accompanied by dash of humor."

"He who says patience, says courage, endurance, strength."

"How wise must one be to be always kind."

"In every exalted joy, there mingles a sense of gratitude."

"It is unfortunate that superior talent and superior men are so seldom united."

"Nothing is so often irrevocably neglected as an opportunity of daily occurrence."

"One thought cannot awake without awakening others."

"Passion is always suffering, even when gratified."

"There is only one proof of ability, action."

"We should always forgive,--the penitent for their sake, the impenitent for our own."

"Beware of the virtue which a man boasts is his."

"Grace is the outcome of inward harmony."

"How happy are the pessimists! What joy is their when they have proved there is no joy."

"Only the thinking man lives his life. The thoughtless man's life passes him by."

"Pain is the great teacher of mankind. Beneath its breath souls develop."

"The incurable ills are the imaginary ills."

"The sympathy of most people consists of a mixture of good-humor, curiosity, and self-importance."

"The wise man is seldom prudent."

"There is something so beautiful in trust that even the most hardened liar must needs feel a certain respect for those who confide in him."

"Kindness which is not inexhaustible does not deserve the name."

"Never expect women to be sincere so long as they are educated to think that their first aim in life is to please."

"They understand but little who understand only what can be explained."

"We usually learn to wait only when we have no longer anything to wait for."

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

"A defeat borne with pride is also a victory."

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

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

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