JACOBI, Friedrich H. Quotes
(1743-1819), German philosopher
Every great example takes hold of us with the authority of a miracle, and says to us, "If ye had but faith, ye, also, could do the same things."
We always live prospectively, never retrospectively, and there is no abiding moment.
As a countenance is made beautiful by the soul's shining through it, so the world is beautified by the shining through it of God.
What is there in man so worthy of honor and reverence as this, that he is capable of contemplating something higher than his own reason, more sublime than the whole universe—that Spirit which alone is self-subsistent, from which all truth proceeds, without which is no truth?
I have never found a thorough, pervading, enduring morality but in those who feared God.
To lay aside all prejudices, is to lay aside all principles.—He who is destitute of principles is governed by whims.
I have all reverence for principles which grow out of sentiments; but as to sentiments which grow out of principles, you shall scarcely build a house of cards thereon.
There are but two religions,—Christianity and paganism, the worship of God and idolatry. A third between these is not possible. Where idolatry ends, there Christianity begins; and where idolatry begins, there Christianity ends.
It is never too late with us, so long as we are aware of our faults and bear them impatiently.
In one thing men of all ages are alike: they have believed obstinately in themselves.
It is not truth, justice, liberty, that men seek; they seek only themselves.— And oh, that they knew how to seek themselves aright!
Manage as we may misery and suffering will always cleave to the border of superfluity.