Folly, thou conquerest, and I must yield!|Against stupidity the very gods|Themselves contend in vain. Exalted reason,|Resplendent daughter of the head divine,|Wise foundress of the system of the world,|Guide of the stars, who are thou then, if thou,|Bound to the tail of folly’s uncurb’d steed,|Must, vainly shrieking, with the drunken crowd,|Eyes open, plunge down headlong in the abyss.
The average estimate themselves by what they do, the above average by what they are.
Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German Poet
- Johann Gottfried Herder German Lutheran Philosopher
- Bertolt Brecht German Poet
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing German Writer
- Immanuel Kant Prussian German Philosopher
- Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock German Poet
- Berthold Auerbach German Jewish Poet
- Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi German Philosopher
- Arthur Schopenhauer German Philosopher
- Friedrich Nietzsche German Philosopher, Scholar