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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Date de naissance: 22. janvier 1729
Date de décès: 15. février 1781
Autres noms:Gotthold E. Lessing

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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, né le 22 janvier 1729 à Kamenz en Saxe et mort le 15 février 1781 dans la capitale de la principauté de Brunswick, est un écrivain, critique et dramaturge allemand.

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„Possession makes one passive, indolent, and proud.“

— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Context: The true value of a man is not determined by his possession, supposed or real, of Truth, but rather by his sincere exertion to get to the Truth. It is not possession of the Truth, but rather the pursuit of Truth by which he extends his powers and in which his ever-growing perfectibility is to be found. Possession makes one passive, indolent, and proud. If God were to hold all Truth concealed in his right hand, and in his left only the steady and diligent drive for Truth, albeit with the proviso that I would always and forever err in the process, and offer me the choice, I would with all humility take the left hand, and say: Father, I will take this one—the pure Truth is for You alone. Anti-Goeze (1778), as quoted in God Is Not Great (2007), by Christopher Hitchens , Ch. 19

„The true value of a man is not determined by his possession, supposed or real, of Truth, but rather by his sincere exertion to get to the Truth.“

— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Context: The true value of a man is not determined by his possession, supposed or real, of Truth, but rather by his sincere exertion to get to the Truth. It is not possession of the Truth, but rather the pursuit of Truth by which he extends his powers and in which his ever-growing perfectibility is to be found. Possession makes one passive, indolent, and proud. If God were to hold all Truth concealed in his right hand, and in his left only the steady and diligent drive for Truth, albeit with the proviso that I would always and forever err in the process, and offer me the choice, I would with all humility take the left hand, and say: Father, I will take this one—the pure Truth is for You alone. Anti-Goeze (1778), as quoted in God Is Not Great (2007), by Christopher Hitchens , Ch. 19

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„Better counsel comes overnight.“

— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Emilia Galotti (1772), Act IV, scene III

„Trust no friend without faults, and love a maiden, but no angel.“

— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
As quoted in Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources (1899) by James Wood, p. 499

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„The worst of superstitions is to think
One's own most bearable.“

— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
[http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext03/natws10.txt Nathan the Wise (1779), Act IV, scene II] Variant translation: The worst superstition is to consider our own tolerable.

„Pearls mean tears.“

— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
[http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext05/7mlgl10.txt Emilia Galotti] (1772), Act II, scene VIII

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„What is a hero without love for mankind?“

— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
[http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext05/8phts10.txt Philotas] (1759), Act 1, Scene 7

„To look forward to pleasure is also a pleasure.“

— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
[https://books.google.it/books?id=3XIHAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA84#v=onepage&q&f=false Minna von Barnhelm] (1763), , Act IV, scene VI

„Man, whence is he?
Too bad to be the work of a god, too good for the work of chance.“

— Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
As quoted in Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources (1899) by James Wood, p. 61 Variant: Man — who is he? Too bad to be the work of God; Too good for the work of chance!

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