Johann Caspar Lavater (1741 – 1801) was a Swiss writer, poet, and philosopher. Following the completion of his studies through the Collegium Carolinum he devoted his life to the work of a minister. His sermons were very popular, as were his mystical writings, and many people from near and far sought his pastoral advice. His numerous works include both prose, poetry, and letters, his most famous being Essays on Physiognomy.
Quotes by Johann Caspar Lavater…
Where there is much pretense, much has been borrowed — nature never pretends.
As your enemies and your friends, so are you.
The freer you feel yourself in the presence of another, the more free he is.
All belief that does not make us more happy, more free, more loving, more active, more calm, is, I fear, a mistaken and superstitious belief.
Learn the value of a man’s words and expressions and you know him. Each man has a measure of his own for everything; this he offers you inadvertently in his words.
He alone has energy who cannot be deprived of it.
Each heart is a world. You find all within yourself that you find without. The world that surrounds you is the magic glass of the world within you.
Who conquers indolence will conquer all the rest.
True philosophy is that which renders us to ourselves, and all others who surround us, better, and at the same time more content, more patient, more calm, and more ready for all decent and pure enjoyment.
Love sees what no eye sees; love hears what no ear hears.