Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine.
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.
- 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 Nietzsche German Philosopher, Scholar
- Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi German Philosopher
- Arthur Schopenhauer German Philosopher