Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.
I will seize fate by the throat; it shall certainly never wholly overcome me.
Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.
Often, I can scarcely hear any one speaking to me; the tones yes, but not the actual words; yet as soon as any one shouts, it is unbearable. What will come of all this, heaven only knows!
Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience.