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Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Quotes

An Austrian writer.
(1830 - 1916)

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As far as your self-control goes, as far goes your freedom.
[Self Control]

Authors from whom others steal should not complain, but rejoice. Where there is no game there are no poachers.

Conquer but never triumph.
[Self Confidence]

Do your duty until it becomes your joy.

Even a stopped clock is right twice every day. After some years it can boast of a long series of successes.

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

Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.

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

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

If there be a faith that can move mountains, it is faith in one's own power.
[Self Confidence]

If you have one good idea, people will lend you twenty.

Imaginary evils are incurable.

In meeting again after a separation, acquaintances ask after our outward life, friends after our inner life.

In youth we learn; in age we understand.
[Self Confidence]

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.

Not what we experience, but how we perceive what we experience, determines our fate.

Nothing is so often irretrievably missed as a daily opportunity.

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

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