THE WORKS OF EBERS



By Georg Ebers





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The Novels Of Georg Ebers

Portrait Of Georg Ebers

Uarda

Cleopatra

Margery

Homo Sum--The Recluse

In The Fire Of The Forge

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A noble mind can never swim with the

stream



A first impression is often a final one



A small joy makes us to forget our

heavy griefs



A live dog is better than a dead king



A well-to-do man always gets a higher

price than a poor one



A subdued tone generally provokes an

equally subdued answer



A dirty road serves when it makes for

the goal



A knot can often be untied by daylight



A school where people learned modesty



A word at the right time and place



A mere nothing in one man's life, to

another may be great



A debtor, says the proverb, is half a

prisoner



A kind word hath far more power than an

angry one



A blustering word often does good

service



Abandon to the young the things we

ourselves used most to enjoy



Abandoned women (required by law to

help put out the fires)



Absence of suffering is not happiness



Abuse not those who have outwitted thee



Action trod on the heels of resolve



Age is inquisitive



Age when usually even bad liquor tastes

of honey



Aimless life of pleasure



Air of a professional guide



All I did was right in her eyes



All things were alike to me



Always more good things in a poor

family which was once rich



Among fools one must be a fool



An admirer of the lovely color of his

blue bruises



Ancient custom, to have her ears cut

off



And what is great--and what is small



Apis the progeny of a virgin cow and a

moonbeam



Appreciation of trifles



Ardently they desire that which

transcends sense



Arrogant wave of the hand, and in an

instructive tone



Art ceases when ugliness begins



As every word came straight from her

heart



Asenath, the wife of Joseph, had been

an Egyptian



Ask for what is feasible



Aspect obnoxious to the gaze will pour

water on the fire



Assigned sixty years as the limit of a

happy life



At my age we count it gain not to be

disappointed



At my age every year must be accepted

as an undeserved gift



Attain a lofty height from which to

look down upon others



Avoid excessive joy as well as

complaining grief



Avoid all useless anxiety



Be not merciful unto him who is a liar

or a rebel



Be happy while it is yet time



Be cautious how they are compassionate



Bearers of ill ride faster than the

messengers of weal



Before you serve me up so bitter a meal

(the truth)



Before learning to obey, he was

permitted to command



Begun to enjoy the sound of his own

voice



Behold, the puny Child of Man



Between two stools a man falls to the

ground



Beware lest Satan find thee idle!



Blessings go as quickly as they come



Blind tenderness which knows no reason



Blossom of the thorny wreath of sorrow



Brief "eternity" of national covenants



Brought imagination to bear on my

pastimes



But what do you men care for the

suffering you inflict on others



Buy indugence for sins to be committed

in the future



By nature she is not and by

circumstances is compelled to be



Call everything that is beyond your

comprehension a miracle



Called his daughter to wash his feet



Cambyses had been spoiled from his

earliest infancy



Camels, which were rarely seen in Egypt



Can such love be wrong?



Canal to connect the Nile with the Red

Sea



Cannot understand how trifles can make

me so happy



Caress or a spank from you--each at the

proper time



Carpe diem



Cast my warning to the winds, pity will

also fly away with it



Cast off their disease as a serpent

casts its skin



Cast off all care; be mindful only of

pleasure



Catholic, but his stomach desired to be

Protestant (Erasmus)



Caught the infection and had to laugh

whether she would or no



Cautious inquiry saves recantation



Child is naturally egotistical



Child cannot distinguish between what

is amusing and what is sad



Childhood already lies behind me, and

youth will soon follow



Choose between too great or too small a

recompense



Christian hypocrites who pretend to

hate life and love death



Christianity had ceased to be the creed

of the poor



Clothes the ugly truth as with a

pleasing garment



Coach moved by electricity



Colored cakes in the shape of beasts



Comparing their own fair lot with the

evil lot of others



Confess I would rather provoke a

lioness than a woman



Confucius's command not to love our

fellow-men but to respect



Contempt had become too deep for hate



Corpse to be torn in pieces by dogs and

vultures



Couple seemed to get on so perfectly

well without them



Creed which views life as a short

pilgrimage to the grave



Curiosity is a woman's vice



Death is so long and life so short



Death itself sometimes floats 'twixt

cup and lip'



Debts, but all anxiety concerning them

is left to the creditors



Deceit is deceit



Deem every hour that he was permitted

to breathe as a gift



Deficient are as guilty in their eyes

as the idle



Desert is a wonderful physician for a

sick soul



Deserve the gratitude of my people,

though it should be denied



Desire to seek and find a power outside

us



Despair and extravagant gayety ruled

her nature by turns



Devoid of occupation, envy easily

becomes hatred



Did the ancients know anything of love



Do not spoil the future for the sake of

the present



Do thoroughly whatever they do at all



Does happiness consist then in

possession



Dread which the ancients had of the

envy of the gods



Dried merry-thought bone of a fowl



Drink of the joys of life thankfully,

and in moderation



Drinking is also an art, and the

Germans are masters of it



Easy to understand what we like to hear



Enjoy the present day



Epicurus, who believed that with death

all things ended



Eros mocks all human efforts to resist

or confine him



Especial gift to listen keenly and

question discreetly



Ever creep in where true love hath

found a nest--(jealousy)



Every misfortune brings its fellow with

it



Everything that exists moves onward to

destruction  and decay



Evolution and annihilation



Exceptional people are destined to be

unhappy in this world



Exhibit one's happiness in the streets,

and conceal one's misery



Eyes kind and frank, without tricks of

glance



Eyes are much more eloquent than all

the tongues in the world



Facts are differently reflected in

different minds



Fairest dreams of childhood were

surpassed



Faith and knowledge are things apart



False praise, he says, weighs more

heavily than disgrace



Flattery is a key to the heart



Flee from hate as the soul's worst foe



Folly to fret over what cannot be

undone



For fear of the toothache, had his

sound teeth drawn



For the sake of those eyes you forgot

all else



For the errors of the wise the remedy

is reparation, not regret



For what will not custom excuse and

sanctify?



Forbidden the folly of spoiling the

present by remorse



Force which had compelled every one to

do as his neighbors



Forty or fifty, when most women only

begin to be wicked



From Epicurus to Aristippus, is but a

short step



Fruits and pies and sweetmeats for the

little ones at home



Full as an egg



Galenus--What I like is bad for me,

what I loathe is wholesome



Gave them a claim on your person and

also on your sorrows



Germans are ever proud of a man who is

able to drink deep



Go down into the grave before us (Our

children)



Golden chariot drawn by tamed lions



Good advice is more frequently unheeded

than followed



Great happiness, and mingled therefor

with bitter sorrow



Greeks have not the same reverence for

truth



Grief is grief, and this new sorrow

does not change the old one



Had laid aside what we call nerves



Half-comprehended catchwords serve as a

banner



Hanging the last king with the guts of

the last priest



Happiness has nothing to do with our

outward circumstances



Happiness is only the threshold to

misery



Happiness should be found in making

others happy



Harder it is to win a thing the higher

its value becomes



Hast thou a wounded heart? touch it

seldom



Hat is the sign of liberty, and the

free man keeps his hat on



Hate, though never sated, can yet be

gratified



Hatred and love are the opposite ends

of the same rod



Hatred for all that hinders the growth

of light



Hatred between man and man



Have not yet learned not to be

astonished



Have never been fain to set my heart on

one only maid



Have lived to feel such profound

contempt for the world



He may talk about the soul--what he is

after is the girl



He who kills a cat is punished (for

murder)



He who looks for faith must give faith



He is clever and knows everything, but

how silly he looks now



He was steadfast in everything, even

anger



He only longed to be hopeful once more,

to enjoy the present



He who is to govern well must begin by

learning to obey



He was made to be plundered



He is the best host, who allows his

guests the most freedom



He has the gift of being easily

consoled



He who wholly abjures folly is a fool



He out of the battle can easily boast

of being unconquered



He spoke with pompous exaggeration



Held in too slight esteem to be able to

offer an affront



Her white cat was playing at her feet



Her eyes were like open windows



Here the new custom of tobacco-smoking

was practised



His sole effort had seemed to be to

interfere with no one



Hold pleasure to be the highest good



Hollow of the hand, Diogenes's

drinking-cup



Homo sum; humani nil a me alienum puto



Honest anger affords a certain degree

of enjoyment



Hopeful soul clings to delay as the

harbinger of deliverance



How easy it is to give wounds, and how

hard it is to heal



How could they find so much pleasure in

such folly



How tender is thy severity



How effective a consolation man

possesses in gratitude



Human sacrifices, which had been

introduced into Egypt by the

Phoenicians



Human beings hate the man who shows

kindness to their enemies



I am human, nothing that is human can I

regard as alien to me



I approve of such foolhardiness



I plead with voice and pen in behalf of

fairy tales



I must either rest or begin upon

something new



I cannot .  .  .  Say rather: I will

not



I know that I am of use



I have never deviated from the exact

truth even in jest



I was not swift to anger, nor a liar,

nor a violent ruler



I do not like to enquire about our fate

beyond the grave



Idleness had long since grown to be the

occupation of his life



If you want to catch mice you must

waste bacon



If one only knew who it is all for



If it were right we should not want to

hide ourselves



If speech be silver, silence then is

gold!



Ill-judgment to pronounce a thing

impossible



Impartial looker-on sees clearer than

the player



In order to find himself for once in

good company--(Solitude)



In whom some good quality or other may

not be discovered



In those days men wept, as well as

women



In this immense temple man seemed a

dwarf in his own eyes



In our country it needs more courage to

be a coward



In war the fathers live to mourn for

their slain sons



Inn, was to be found about every

eighteen miles



Inquisitive eyes are intrusive company



Introduced a regular system of

taxation-Darius



It is not seeing, it is seeking that is

delightful



It was such a comfort once more to obey

an order



It is not by enthusiasm but by tactics

that we defeat a foe



It is the passionate wish that gives

rise to the belief



Jealousy has a thousand eyes



Judge only by appearances, and never

enquire into the causes



Kisra called wine the soap of sorrow



Know how to honor beauty; and prove it

by taking many wives



Last Day we shall be called to account

for every word we utter



Laugh at him with friendly mockery,

such as hurts no man



Laughing before sunrise causes tears at

evening



Learn early to pass lightly over little

things



Learn to obey, that later you may know

how to command



Life is not a banquet



Life is a function, a ministry, a duty



Life is the fairest fairy tale

(Anderson)



Life is valued so much less by the

young



Life had fulfilled its pledges



Like the cackle of hens, which is

peculiar to Eastern women



Like a clock that points to one hour

while it strikes another



Love has two faces: tender devotion and

bitter aversion



Love means suffering--those who love

drag a chain with them



Love which is able and ready to endure

all things



Love laughs at locksmiths



Love is at once the easiest and the

most difficult



Love overlooks the ravages of years and

has a good memory



Loved himself too much to give his

whole affection to any one



Lovers delighted in nature then as now



Lovers are the most unteachable of

pupils



Maid who gives hope to a suitor though

she has no mind to hear



Man, in short, could be sure of nothing



Man works with all his might for no one

but himself



Man is the measure of all things



Man has nothing harder to endure than

uncertainty



Many creditors are so many allies



Many a one would rather be feared than

remain unheeded



Marred their best joy in life by over-

hasty ire



May they avoid the rocks on which I

have bruised my feet



Medicines work harm as often as good



Men studying for their own benefit, not

the teacher's



Men folks thought more about me than I

deemed convenient



Mirrors were not allowed in the convent



Misfortune too great for tears



Misfortunes commonly come in couples

yoked like oxen



Misfortunes never come singly



Money is a pass-key that turns any lock



More to the purpose to think of the

future than of the past



Mosquito-tower with which nearly every

house was provided



Most ready to be angry with those to

whom we have been unjust



Multitude who, like the gnats, fly

towards every thing brilliant



Museum of Alexandria and the Library



Must take care not to poison the fishes

with it



Must--that word is a ploughshare which

suits only loose soil



Natural impulse which moves all old

women to favor lovers



Nature is sufficient for us



Never speaks a word too much or too

little



Never so clever as when we have to find

excuses for our own sins



Never to be astonished at anything



No judgment is so hard as that dealt by

a slave to slaves



No man is more than man, and many men

are less



No man was allowed to ask anything of

the gods for himself



No good excepting that from which we

expect the worst



No,  she was not created to grow old



No happiness will thrive on bread and

water



No one we learn to hate more easily,

than the benefactor



No man gains profit by any experience

other than his own



No false comfort, no cloaking of the

truth



No one so self-confident and insolent

as just such an idiot



No virtue which can be owned like a

house or a steed



Nobody was allowed to be perfectly idle



None of us really know anything rightly



Not yet fairly come to the end of

yesterday



Nothing in life is either great or

small



Nothing is perfectly certain in this

world



Nothing permanent but change



Nothing so certain as that nothing is

certain



Nothing is more dangerous to love, than

a comfortable assurance



Numbers are the only certain things



Observe a due proportion in all things



Obstacles existed only to be removed



Obstinacy--which he liked to call firm

determination



Of two evils it is wise to choose the

lesser



Often happens that apparent superiority

does us damage



Old women grow like men, and old men

grow like women



Old age no longer forgets; it is youth

that has a short memory



Olympics--The first was fixed 776 B.C.



Omnipotent God, who had preferred his

race above all others



On with a new love when he had left the

third bridge behind him



Once laughed at a misfortune, its sting

loses its point



One falsehood usually entails another



One of those women who will not bear to

be withstood



One should give nothing up for lost

excepting the dead



One hand washes the other



One must enjoy the time while it is

here



One who stood in the sun must need cast

a shadow on other folks



One Head, instead of three, ruled the

Church



Only the choice between lying and

silence



Only two remedies for heart-sickness:--

hope and patience



Ordered his feet to be washed and his

head anointed



Our thinkers are no heroes, and our

heroes are no sages



Overbusy friends are more damaging than

intelligent enemies



Overlooks his own fault in his feeling

of the judge's injustice



Ovid, 'We praise the ancients'



Pain is the inseparable companion of

love



Papyrus Ebers



Patronizing friendliness



Pays better to provide for people's

bodies than for their brains



People who have nothing to do always

lack time



People see what they want to see



Perish all those who do not think as we

do



Philosophers who wrote of the vanity of

writers



Phrase and idea "philosophy of

religion" as an absurdity



Pilgrimage to the grave, and death as

the only true life



Pious axioms to be repeated by the

physician, while compounding



Pleasant sensation of being a woman,

like any other woman



Possess little and require nothing



Pray for me, a miserable man--for I was

a man



Precepts and lessons which only a

mother can give



Prefer deeds to words



Preferred a winding path to a straight

one



Prepare sorrow when we come into the

world



Prepared for the worst; then you are

armed against failure



Pretended to see nothing in the old

woman's taunts



Priests that they should instruct the

people to be obedient



Priests: in order to curb the unruly

conduct of the populace



Principle of over-estimating the

strength of our opponents



Provide yourself with a self-devised

ruler



Rapture and anguish--who can lay down

the border line



Readers often like best what is most

incredible



Reason is a feeble weapon in contending

with a woman



Refreshed by the whip of one of the

horsemen



Regard the utterances and mandates of

age as wisdom



Regular messenger and carrier-dove

service had been established



Remember, a lie and your death are one

and the same



Repeated the exclamation: "Too late!" 

and again, "Too late!



Repos ailleurs



Repugnance for the old laws began to

take root in his heart



Required courage to be cowardly



Resistance always brings out a man's

best powers



Retreat behind the high-sounding words

"justice and law"



Robes cut as to leave the right breast

uncovered



Romantic love, as we know it, a result

of Christianity



Rules of life given by one man to

another are useless



Scarcely be able to use so large a sum-

-Then abuse it



Scorned the censure of the people, he

never lost sight of it



Sea-port was connected with Medina by a

pigeon-post



Seditious words are like sparks, which

are borne by the wind



See facts as they are and treat them

like figures in a sum



Seems most charming at the time we are

obliged to resign it



Self-interest and egoism which drive

him into the cave



Sent for a second interpreter



Shadow which must ever fall where there

is light



Shadow of the candlestick caught her

eye before the light



She would not purchase a few more years

of valueless life



Shipwrecked on the cliffs of 'better'

and 'best'



Should I be a man, if I forgot

vengeance?



Shuns the downward glance of compassion



Sing their libels on women (Greek

Philosophers)



Sky as bare of cloud as the rocks are

of shrubs and herbs



Sleep avoided them both, and each knew

that the other was awake



Smell most powerful of all the senses

in awakening memory



So long as we are able to hope and wish



So long as we do not think ourselves

wretched, we are not so



So hard is it to forego the right of

hating



Some caution is needed even in giving a

warning



Soul which ceases to regard death as a

misfortune finds peace



Speaking ill of others is their

greatest delight



Spoilt to begin with by their mothers,

and then all the women



Standing still is retrograding



Strongest of all educational powers--

sorrow and love



Successes, like misfortunes, never come

singly



Take heed lest pride degenerate into

vainglory



Talk of the wolf and you see his tail



Temples would be empty if mortals had

nothing left to wish for



Temples of the old gods were used as

quarries



Tender and uncouth natural sounds,

which no language knows



That tears were the best portion of all

human life



The heart must not be filled by

another's image



The blessing of those who are more than

they seem



The past belongs to the dead; only

fools count upon the future



The priests are my opponents, my

masters



The carp served on Christmas eve in

every Berlin family



The gods cast envious glances at the

happiness of mortals



The past must stand; it is like a scar



The man who avoids his kind and lives

in solitude



The beautiful past is all he has to

live upon



The altar where truth is mocked at



The older one grows the quicker the

hours hurry away



The shirt is closer than the coat



The beginning of things is not more

attractive



The mother of foresight looks backwards



The greatness he had gained he

overlooked



The dressing and undressing of the holy

images



The god Amor is the best schoolmaster



The not over-strong thread of my good

patience



The man within him, and not on the

circumstances without



The scholar's ears are at his back:

when he is flogged



The best enjoyment in creating is had

in anticipation



The experienced love to signify their

superiority



Then hate came; but it did not last

long



There is no 'never,' no surely



There are no gods, and whoever bows

makes himself a slave



There is nothing better than death, for

it is peace



They who will, can



They praise their butchers more than

their benefactors



They keep an account in their heart and

not in their head



They get ahead of us, and yet--I would

not change with them



Thin-skinned, like all up-starts in

authority



Think of his wife, not with affection

only, but with pride



Those are not my real friends who tell

me I am beautiful



Those who will not listen must feel



Those two little words 'wish' and

'ought'



Those whom we fear, says my uncle, we

cannot love



Thou canst say in words what we can

only feel



Though thou lose all thou deemest thy

happiness



Thought that the insane were possessed

by demons



Time is clever in the healing art



Title must not be a bill of fare



To pray is better than to bathe



To govern the world one must have less

need of sleep



To know half is less endurable than to

know nothing



To her it was not a belief but a

certainty



To the child death is only slumber



To expect gratitude is folly



To the mines meant to be doomed to a

slow, torturing death



To whom the emotion of sorrow affords a

mournful pleasure



To whom fortune gives once, it gives by

bushels



To-morrow could give them nothing

better than to-day



To be happy, one must forget what

cannot be altered



Tone of patronizing instruction assumed

by the better informed



Trifling incident gains importance when

undue emphasis is laid



Trouble does not enhance beauty



True host puts an end to the banquet



Trustfulness is so dear, so essential

to me



Two griefs always belong to one joy



Unjust to injure and rob the child for

the benefit of the man



Until neither knew which was the giver

and which the receiver



Unwise to try to make a man happy by

force



Use their physical helplessness as a

defence



Use words instead of swords, traps

instead of lances



Usually found the worst wine in the

taverns with showy signs



Vagabond knaves had already been put to

the torture



Very hard to imagine nothingness



Virtues are punished in this world



Voice of the senses, which drew them

together, will soon be mute



Wait, child!  What is life but waiting?



Waiting is the merchant's wisdom



Wakefulness may prolong the little term

of life



War is a perversion of nature



We live for life, not for death



We quarrel with no one more readily

than with the benefactor



We each and all are waiting



We've talked a good deal of love with

our eyes already



Welcome a small evil when it barred the

way to a greater one



Were we not one and all born fools



Wet inside, he can bear a great deal of

moisture without



What had formerly afforded me pleasure

now seemed shallow



What changes so quickly as joy and

sorrow



What are we all but puny children?



What father does not find something to

admire in his child



Whatever a man would do himself, he

thinks others are capable of



When love has once taken firm hold of a

man in riper years



When a friend refuses to share in joys



When men-children deem maids to be weak

and unfit for true sport



When hate and revenge speak, gratitude

shrinks timidly



When you want to strike me again,

mother, please take off



Whether the form of our benevolence

does more good or mischief



Whether man were the best or the worst

of created beings



Whether the historical romance is ever

justifiable



Who watches for his neighbour's faults

has a hundred sharp eyes



Who can point out the road that another

will take



Who can be freer than he who needs

nothing



Who only puts on his armor when he is

threatened



Who does not struggle ward, falls back



Who gives great gifts, expects great

gifts again



Who do all they are able and enjoy as

much as they can get



Who can take pleasure in always seeing

a gloomy face?



Who can prop another's house when his

own is falling



Who can hope to win love that gives

none



Whoever condemns, feels himself

superior



Whoever will not hear, must feel



Wide world between the purpose and the

deed



Wise men hold fast by the ever young

present



Without heeding the opinion of mortals



Woman who might win the love of a

highly-gifted soul (Pays for it)



Woman's disapproving words were blown

away by the wind



Woman's hair is long, but her wit is

short



Women are indeed the rock ahead in this

young fellow's life



Wonder we leave for the most part to

children and fools



Words that sounded kindly, but with a

cold, unloving heart



Wrath has two eyes--one blind, the

other keener than a falcon's



Ye play with eternity as if it were but

a passing moment



Years are the foe of beauty



You have a habit of only looking

backwards



Young Greek girls pass their sad

childhood in close rooms



Youth should be modest, and he was

assertive



Youth calls 'much,' what seems to older

people 'little'



Zeus pays no heed to lovers' oaths



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