Johann Kaspar Lavater

Johann Kaspar Lavater (November 15, 1741 - January 2, 1801) was a Swiss poet and physiognomist

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There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness, and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness, and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.
A sneer is often the sign of heartless malignity.
Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character.
Airs of importance are the credentials of impotence.
Be not the fourth friend of him who had three before and lost them.
Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
Don't speak evil of someone if you don't know for certain, and if you do know ask yourself, why am I telling it?
Have you ever seen a pedant with a warm heart?
He can feel no little wants who is in pursuit of grandeur.
He who seldom speaks, and with one calm well-timed word can strike dumb the loquacious, is a genius or a hero.
Him, who incessantly laughs in the street, you may commonly hear grumbling in his closet.
I am prejudiced in favor of him who, without impudence, can ask boldly. He has faith in humanity, and faith in himself. No one who is not accustomed to giving grandly can ask nobly and with boldness.
It is a poor wit who lives by borrowing the words, decisions, inventions and actions of others.
Kiss the hand of him who can renounce what he has publicly taught, when convicted of his error and who, with heartfelt joy, embraces the truth, though with the sacrifice of favorite opinions.
Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.

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