Quotations by Von Ebner-Eschenbach, Marie


There is only one proof of ability — action.

[Für das Können gibt es nur einen Beweis: das Tun.]

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms [Aphorismen] [tr. Wister (1883)]
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Alt. trans.: "There is only one proof of ability: doing it."
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As soon as fashion has caught on, it has outlived itself.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms (1850-1905) [tr. Scrase and Mieder (1994)]
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There are very few honest friends — the demand is not particularly great.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms (1880-1905) [tr. Scrase & Mieder (1994)]
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Distrust your judgment the moment you can discern the shadow of a personal motive in it.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms (1880-1905) [tr. Scrase & Mieder (1994)]
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The greatest enemy of justice is privilege.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms (1880-1905) [tr. Scrase & Mieder (1994)]
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Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms (1880-1905) [tr. Scrase & Mieder (1994)]
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You can’t be of help to everybody! say the narrow-minded, and help nobody.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms (1880-1905) [tr. Scrase and Mieder (1994)]
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To be satisfied with little is hard, to be satisfied with a lot is impossible.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms (1880-1905) [tr. Scrase and Mieder (1994)]
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Remorse drives the weak to despair and the strong to sainthood.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms (1880-1905) [tr. Scrase and Mieder (1994)]
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Even in the most wretched being there is a tiny hook on which a thread of salvation could be fastened.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms (1880-1905) [tr. Scrase and Mieder (1994)]
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I regret nothing, says arrogance; I will regret nothing, says inexperience.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms (1890-1905) [tr. Scrase & MIeder (1994)]
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Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms (1905)
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We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don’t care for.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms (1905)
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Much less evil would be done on earth if evil could not be done in the name of good.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830-1916) Austrian writer
Aphorisms (1905) [tr. Scrase & Mieder (1994)]
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