49 Astonishing Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach Quotes

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach was an Austrian writer noted for her psychological novels. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and is regarded as one of the most important German language writers of the late 19th century. Here is a look at some of the most monumental Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach quotes ever documented.

“A book cannot easily be too bad for the general public, but may easily be too good.”

“A defeat borne with pride is also a victory.”

“An intelligent woman has millions of born enemies… all the stupid men.”

“Authors from whom others steal should not complain, but rejoice. Where there is no game there are no poachers.”

“Between being able to and actually doing something lies an ocean, and on its bottom rests all too often the wreck of willpower.”

“Consider once before you give, twice before you receive, and a thousand times before you ask.”


“Consider well before you immerse yourself in solitude whether your own company will be good for you.”

“Deep learning doesn’t shine.”

“Distrust your judgment the moment you can discern the shadow of a personal motive in it.”

“Do not consider yourself deprived because your dreams were not fulfilled; the truly deprived have never dreamed.”

“Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.”

“Fools usually know best that which the wise despair of ever comprehending.”

“Generosity, to be perfect, should always be accompanied by a dash of humor.”

“Grace is the outcome of inward harmony.”

“Have patience with the quarrelsomeness of the stupid. It is not easy to comprehend that one does not comprehend.”

“He who believes in freedom of the will has never loved and never hated.”

“However much you paid for a beautiful illusion, you got a bargain.”

“If there be a faith that can move mountains, it is faith in one’s own power.”

“In every exalted joy, there mingles a sense of gratitude.”

“In meeting again after a separation, acquaintances ask after our outward life, friends after our inner life.”

“In youth we learn; in age we understand.”

“Indifference of every kind is reprehensible, even indifference towards one’s self.”

“Many think that when they have confessed a fault there is no need of correcting it.”

“Morals refine manners, as manners refine morals.”

“Never expect women to be sincere, so long as they are educated to think that their first aim in life is to please.”

“None are so inconsiderate as those who demand nothing of life other than their own personal comfort.”

“Not what we experience, but how we perceive what we experience, determines our fate.”

“Nothing is so irretrievably missed as an opportunity we encounter every day.”

“Nothing is so often and so irrevocably missed as the opportunity which crops up daily.”

“One has to do good in order for it to exist in the world.”

“One remains young as long as one can still learn, can still take on new habits, can bear contradictions.”

“Only the thinking man lives his life, the thoughtless man’s life passes him by.”

“Only those few people who practice it believe in goodness.”

“Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them.”

“People’s minds are trained largely at the expense of their hearts. This is not so; it is only that there are more educable minds than there are educable hearts.”

“That bad manners are so prevalent in the world is the fault of good manners.”

“The incurable ills are the imaginary ills.”

“The poor man wishes to conceal his poverty, and the rich man his wealth: the former fears lest he be despised, the latter lest he be plundered.”

“The wise man is seldom prudent.”

“There are very few honest friends–the demand is not particularly great.”

“There is only one proof of ability – action.”

“Those who know nothing must believe everything.”

“To be satisfied with little is hard, to be satisfied with a lot is impossible.”

“We are not always even what we are most.”

“We can be wise from goodness and good from wisdom.”

“We should always forgive. We should forgive the repentant for their sake, the unrepentant for our sake.”

“Who doesn’t know anything, has to believe everything.”

“Whoever prefers the material comforts of life over intellectual wealth is like the owner of a palace who moves into the servants’ quarters and leaves the sumptuous rooms empty.”

“You stay young as long as you can learn, acquire new habits, and suffer contradictions.”

Here is a listen Das Gemeindekind from Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach.

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