HUMBOLDT, Karl Wilhelm Quotes
(1767-1835), German philologist and statesman
It is continued temperance which sustains the body for the longest period of time, and which most surely preserves it free from sickness.
Life, in all ranks and situations, is an outward occupation, an actual and active work.
Natural objects themselves, even when they make no claim to beauty, excite the feelings, and occupy the imagination. Nature pleases, attracts, delights, merely because it is nature. We recognize in it an Infinite Power.
To behold is not necessarily to observe, and the power of comparing and combining is only to be obtained by education. It is much to be regretted that habits of exact observation are not cultivated in our schools; to this deficiency may be traced much of the fallacious reasoning and the false philosophy which prevails.
The sea has been called deceitful and treacherous, but there lies in this trait only the character of a great natural power, which renews its strength, and, without reference to joy or sorrow, follows eternal laws which are imposed by a higher power.
If the mind loves solitude, it has thereby acquired a loftier character, and it becomes still more noble when the taste is indulged in.
The sorrow which calls for help and comfort is not the greatest, nor does it come from the depths of the heart.
In the moral world there is nothing impossible if we can bring a thorough will to do it.—Man can do everything with himself, but he must not attempt to do too much with others.
Work is as much a necessity to man as eating and sleeping.—Even those who do nothing that can be called work still imagine they are doing something.—The world has not a man who is an idler in his own eyes.