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Zimmermann Quotes

Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann, Swiss philosophical writer, naturalist, and physician.
(1728 - 1795)

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A good name will wear out; a bad one may be turned; a nickname lasts forever.

A moral lesson is better expressed in short sayings than in long discourse.

All our distinctions are accidental. - Beauty and deformity, though personal qualities, are neither entitled to praise or censure; yet it so happens that they color our opinion of those qualities to which mankind have attached importance.

Be not so bigoted to any custom as to worship it at the expense of truth.

Beauty gains little, and homeliness and deformity lose much by gaudy attire.

Beauty is often worse than wine; intoxicating both the holder and beholder.

By fools knaves fatten; every knave finds a gull.

Comedians are not usually actors, but imitations of actors.

Conceit and confidence are both of them cheats. - The first always imposes on itself; the second frequently deceives others.

Dissipation is absolutely a labor when the round of Vanity fair has been once made; but fashion makes us think lightly of the toil, and we describe the circle as mechanically as a horse in a mill.

Egotism is more like an offence than a crime, though 'tis allowable to speak of yourself provided nothing is advanced in your own favor; but I cannot help suspecting that those who abuse themselves are, in reality, angling for approbation.

Fools with bookish knowledge, are children with edged weapons, they hurt themselves, and put others in pain. - The half-leamed is more dangerous than the simpleton.

Gambling houses are temples where the most sordid and turbulent passions contend; there no spectator can be indifferent. A card or a small square of ivory interests more than the loss of an empire, or the ruin of an unoffending group of infants and their nearest relatives.

Humility is the first lesson we learn from reflection, and self-distrust the first proof we give of having obtained a knowledge of ourselves.

If you ask me which is the real hereditary sin of human nature, do you imagine I shall answer pride, or luxury, or ambition, or egotism? No; I shall say indolence. Who conquers indolence will conquer all the rest. Indeed all good principles must stagnate without mental activity.

Ignorance, poverty, and vanity make many soldiers.

In fame's temple there is always a niche to be found for rich dunces, importunate scoundrels, or successful butchers of the human race.

It would be a considerable consolation to the poor and discontented, could they but see the means whereby the wealth they covet has been acquired, or the misery that it entails.

Laws act after crimes have been committed; prevention goes before them both.

Many good qualities are not sufficient to balance a single want - the want of money.

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