Gotthold Ephraim Lessing on right action

Denn zu einem großen Manne gehört beides: Kleinigkeiten als Kleinigkeiten, und wichtige Dinge als wichtige Dinge zu behandeln.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing in Lessing’s Hamburgische dramaturgie: Für die oberste klasse höherer lehranstalten und den weiteren kreis der gebildeten erläutert, edited by Friedrich Schröter and Richard Thiele, (Halle, Germany: Buchhandlung des Maisenhauses, 1877), p. 208. First published as Hamburgische Dramaturgie, (Hamburg, Germany; Bremen, Germany: Cramer, 1767-68).

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"Denn zu einem großen Manne gehört beides"

Translation

For to a great man both things are needful; to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important matters.
— in Selected Prose Works of G. E. Lessing, translated from the German by Helen Zimmern and Edward Calwert Beasley, edited by Edward Bell, (London: George Bell and Sons, 1889), p. 326. First published (London: George Bell and Sons, 1879).

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"For to a great man both things are needful"

Frequent Paraphrases

  • It is the mark of a great man to treat trifles as trifles, and important matters as important.
  • It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing Posted on behalf of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing on Friday, July 30th, 2010 under Quotations.

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