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I have heard myself accused of being an opponent, an enemy of mathematics, which no one can value more highly than I, for it accomplishes the very thing whose achievement has been denied me. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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You're growling, poodle! Animal squealings 1230 Hardly suit the exalted feelings Filling my soul to overflowing. We're used to people ridiculing What they hardly understand, Grumbling at the good and the beautiful - It makes them so uncomfortable! Do dogs now emulate mankind? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Judge a man's character by what he finds ridiculous. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If a man knows where to get good advice, it is as though he could supply it himself. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The human race is a monotonous thing. Most people work most of the time in order to live, and the little freedom they have left over frightens them so, that they will do anything to get rid of it. Oh, the regimentation of mankind! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is belief in the Bible, the fruits of deep meditation, which has served me as the guide of my moral and literary life. I have found capital safely invested and richly productive of interest, although I have sometimes made but a bad use of it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Very often when we have found ourselves forever separated from what we had intended to achieve, we have already, on our way, found something else worth desiring. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Let no one be ashamed to say yes today if yesterday he said no. Or to say no today if yesterday he said yes. For that is life. Never to have changed-what a pitiable thing of which to boast! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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As beauteous is the world, and many a joy Floats through its wide dominion. But, alas, When we would seize the winged good, it flies. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The most congenial social occasions are those ruled by cheerful deference of each for all. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Vanity is a desire of personal glory, the wish to be appreciated, honoured, and run after, not because of one's personal qualities, merits, and achievements, but because of one's individual existence. At best, therefore, it is a frivolous beauty whim it befits. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The few of understanding, vision rare, Who veiled not from the herd their hearts, but tried, Poor generous fools, to lay their feelings bare, Them have men always burnt and crucified. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is much easier to meet with error than to find truth; error is on the surface, and can be more easily met with; truth is hid in great depths, the way to seek does not appear to all the world. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Nations could not return to their settled an independent life again without noticing that they had unconsciously adopted, and come to feel here and there previously unrecognized spiritual and intellectual needs. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A man must cling to the belief that the incomprehensible is comprehensible; otherwise he would not try to fathom it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A world without love would be no world. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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When one is polite in German, one lies. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is better to be doing the most insignificant thing than to reckon even a half-hour insignificant. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Stood I, O Nature! man alone in thee, Then were it worth one's while a man to be. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Man believes himself always greater than he is, and is esteemed less than he is worth. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Man usually believes, if only words he hears,
That also with them goes material for thinking.
[Ger., Gewohnlich glaubt der Mensch, wenn er nur Worte hort,
Es musse sich dabei doch auch was denken.] -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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No, no! The devil is an egotist,
And is not apt, without why or wherefore,
"For God's sake," others to assist.
[Ger., Nein, nein! Der Teufel ist ein Egoist
Und thut nicht leicht um Gottes Willen,
Was einem Andern nutzlich ist.] -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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One cannot escape from the world with greater certainty than through art, and one cannot relate to it with greater certainty than through art. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Nature does not suffer her veil to be taken from her, and what she does not choose to reveal to the spirit, thou wilt not wrest from her by levers and screws. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A man doesn't learn to understand anything unless he loves it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If there is confusion in your head and in your heart, what more do you want! A man who no longer loves and no longer errs should have himself buried straight away. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Who can think wise or stupid things at all that were not thought already in the past.
[Ger., Wer kann was Dummes, wer was Kluges denken,
Das nicht die Vorwelt schon gedacht.] -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Words are good, but there is something better. The best is not to be explained by words. The spirit in which we act is the chief matter. Action can only be understood and represented by the spirit. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The highest happiness, the purest joys of life, wear out at last. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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One must not criticize that which is common since it remains always the same. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The world remains ever the same. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Words are mere sound and smoke, dimming the heavenly light. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The important thing in life is to have a great aim, and to possess the aptitude and perseverance to attain it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What is not started today is never finished tomorrow. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I hold to faith in the divine love - which, so many years ago for a brief moment in a little corner of the earth, walked about as a man bearing the name of Jesus Christ - as the foundation
on which alone my happiness rests. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Life seems so vulgar, so easily content with the commonplace things of every day, and yet it always nurses and cherishes certain higher claims in secret, and looks about for the means of satisfying them. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The soul-stirring image of death is no bugbear to the sage, and is looked on without despair by the pious. It teaches the former to live, and it strengthens the hopes of the latter in salvation in the midst of distress. Death is new life to both. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I can tell you, honest friend, what to believe: believe life; it teaches better that book or orator. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There are situations in which hope and fear run together, in which they mutually destroy one another and lose themselves in dull indifference. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Glib tongues frill up their hash of knowledge
for mankind in polished speeches
that are no more than vaporous winds
rustling the fallen leaves in autumn. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The art of governing is a great metier, requiring the whole man, and it is therefore not well for a ruler to have too strong tendencies for other affairs. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The miller imagines that the corn grows only to make his mill turn. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is no patriotic art and no patriotic science. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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When you lose interest in anything, you also lose the memory for it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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He who wishes to exert a useful influence must be careful to insult nothing. Let him not be troubled by what seems absurd, but concentrate his energies to the creation of what is good. He must not demolish, but build. He must raise temples where mankind may come and partake of the purest pleasure. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Even the lowliest, provided he is whole, can be happy, and in his own . way, perfect. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Nothing is good for a nation but that which arises from its own core and its own general wants, without apish imitation of another. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Yes, here within thy sanctified walls there's a soul in each object, -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Higher yet and higher out of clouds and night, nearer yet and nearer rising to the light - light, serene and holy where my soul may rest, purified and lowly, sanctified and blest. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Be valiant and powerful forces will come to your aid. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Wind is the loving Wooer of waters; Wind blends together Billows all-foaming. Spirit of man, Thou art like unto water! Fortune of man, Thou art like unto wind! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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This being busied with thoughts of immortality is for the noble classes and especially for women with nothing to do. A solid person, though, someone who already intends to be something worthy here, and who therefore has to strive daily, has to struggle and work, gives the world to come a rest. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Two souls, alas, are housed within my breast,
And each will wrestle for the mastery there. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Two souls dwell, alas! in my breast. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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For the butterfly, mating and propagation involve the sacrifice of life, for the human being, the sacrifice of beauty. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Every day I observe more and more the folly of judging of others by ourselves; and I have so much trouble with myself, and my own heart is in such constant agitation, that I am well content to let others pursue their own course, if they only allow me the same privilege. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Mathematics can remove no prejudices and soften no obduracy. It has no influence in sweetening the bitter strife of parties, and in the moral world generally its action is perfectly null. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Talent develops in solitude, character develops in the stream of life. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It makes no good to point the failures out without showing at the same time the remedy to address them. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is nothing outside of us that is not at the same time in us, and as the external world has its colors the eye, too, has colors. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Certain faults are necessary for the existence of the individual. We would resent it if old friends were to get rid of certain peculiarities. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The master proves himselin recognizing his limitations. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I examine my own being, and find there a world, but a world rather of imagination and dim desires, than of distinctness and living power. Then everything swims before my senses, and I smile and dream while pursuing my way through the world. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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As all Nature's thousands changes But one changeless God proclaim; So in Art's wide kingdom ranges One sole meaning still the same: This is Truth, eternal Reason, Which from Beauty takes its dress, And serene through time and season Stands aye in loveliness. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Poetry, dreams, desire, everything leads me to you. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Goats, to the left with you!' the Judge one day will ordain. 'And you, little sheep, stand quietly here on my right!' - Fair enough; but it is to be hoped he will say one thing more, namely: 'As for you, stand right opposite me, you men of sense! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is no higher or purer pleasure than to sit with closed eyes and hear a naturally expressive voice recite ... a play of Shakespeare's. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It would not be worth your while to reach the age of seventy if all the wisdom of the world were to be foolishness before God. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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One always has time enough, if one will apply it well. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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One that does not think to highly of himself is more than he thinks. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Nothing is more odious than the majority, for it consists of a few powerful leaders, a certain number of accommodating scoundrels and submissive weaklings, and a mass of men who trot after them without thinking, or knowing their own minds. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Jupiter's welcome to more from his Juno if he can get it -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Mannerism is always longing to have done, and has no true enjoyment in work. A genuine, really great talent, on the other hand, has its greatest happiness in execution. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I have observed that as long as one lives and bestirs himself, he can always find food and raiment, though it may not be of the choicest description. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed That can make life a garden. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What you have inherited from your fathers, earn over again for yourselves, or it will not be yours. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We eagerly get hold of a law that serves as a weapon to our passions. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Time flies, and what is past is done. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The artist may be well advised to keep his work to himself till it is completed, because no one can readily help him or advise him with it.. but the scientist is wiser not to withhold a single finding or a single conjecture from publicity. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Art is constitutive-the artist determines beauty. He does not take it over. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Ask whomever you will but you'll never find out where I'm lodging -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Du hast so viele Leben, wie du Sprachen sprichst. (You have as many lives as the number of languages you speak.) -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Our destiny often looks like a fruit-tree in winter. Who would think from its pitiable aspect that those rigid boughs, those rough twigs could next spring again be green, bloom, and even bear fruit? Yet we hope it, we know it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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On my strand, lovely flowers their blossoms unfold,
My mother shall grace thee with garments of gold. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The best slave is the one who thinks he is free. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To have a positive religion is not necessary. To be in harmony with yourself and the universe is what counts, and this is possible without positive and specific formulation in words. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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He who is resolute conquers grief. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Humor is one of the elements of genius
admirable as an adjunct; but as soon as it becomes dominant, only a surrogate for genius. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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How can you come to know yourself? Never by thinking, always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you'll know right away what you amount to. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We are pantheists when we study nature, polytheists when we write poetry, monotheists in our morality. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A lot of people do not care about your money until nearly penniless. They also do so with time -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I am not omniscient, but I know a lot. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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And step by step, along the path of life, There's nothing true but Heaven. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Every individual who is not creative has a negative, narrow, exclusive taste and succeeds in depriving creative being of its energy and life. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Thus one can observe that those who proclaim piety as their goal and purpose usually turn into hypocrites. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If you miss the first buttonhole, you will not succeed in buttoning up your coat. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Miracle is the pet child of faith. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Belief is not the beginning of knowledge- it is the end. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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When I say to the Moment flying;
'Linger a while
thou art so fair!'
Then bind me in thy bonds undying,
And my final ruin I will bear! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If the whole world I once could see On free soil stand, with the people free Then to the moment might I say, Linger awhile ... so fair thou art. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What matters creative endless toil, When, at a snatch, oblivion ends the coil? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Wild dreams torment me as I lie. And though a god lives in my heart, though all my power waken at his word, though he can move my every inmost part - yet nothing in the outer world is stirred. thus by existence tortured and oppressed I crave for death, I long for rest. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Let us live, while we are alive! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The mob has nothing to lose, everything to gain. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Everywhere, we learn only from those whom we love. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To tremble before anticipated evils is to bemoan what thou hast never lost. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Fret not over the irretrievable, but ever act as if thy life were just begun. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Would you require a wretched being, whose life is slowly wasting under a lingering disease, to despatch himself at once by the stroke of a dagger? Does not the very disorder which consumes his strength deprive him of the courage to effect his deliverance? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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He only earns his freedom and existence who daily conquers them anew. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is not always needful for truth to take a definite shape; it is enough if it hovers about us like a spirit and produces harmony; if it is wafted through the air like the sound of a bell, grave and kindly. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Man needs only a small patch of earth for his pleasures, and a smaller one still to rest beneath. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Tell me with whom you consort and I will tell you who you are; if I know how you spend your time, then I know what might become of you. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I know nothing more mocking than a devil that despairs. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Money lost, something lost. Honor lost, much lost. Courage lost, everything lost-better you were never born -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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His easy going behavior contrasts greatly with my restlessness -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Nothing is worth more than this day. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We don't get to know anything but what we love. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I had toward the poetic art a peculiar relation which was only practical after I had cherished in my mind for a long time a subject which possessed me, a model which inspired me, a predecessor who attracted me, until at length, after I had molded it -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible things; and, once they are engraved upon the memory, woe to him who would endeavor to erase them. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Now I find my good men
Are gathered in the night
To wait in silence, not to sleep
And the glorious word of liberty
They whisper and murmur
Till in unaccustomed strangeness
On the steps of our temper
Once again in delight they cry
Freedom! Freedom! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Jesus felt pure and calmly thought
Only the One God;
Who made himself to be a god
Offends his holy will.
And thus the right(ness) has to shine
What Mahomet also achieved;
Only by the term of the One
He mastered the whole world -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The older I get the more I trust in the law according to which the rose and the lily bloom. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Everything that we call Invention or Discovery in the higher sense of the word is the serious exercise and activity of an original feeling for truth, which, after a long course of silent cultivation, suddenly flashes out into fruitful knowledge. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Happy contractedness of youth, nay, of mankind in general, that they think neither of the high nor the deep, of the true nor the false, but only of what is suited to their own conceptions. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The flowers are full of honey, but only the bee finds out the sweetness. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Let us live in as small a circle as we will, we are either debtors or creditors before we have had time to look around. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is a very hard and troublesome thing to dispose of whole, half, and quarter-mistakes; to sift them and assign the portion of truth to its proper place. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Our modern wars make many unhappy while they last and none happy when they are over. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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When Nature begins to reveal her open secret to a man, he feels an irresistible longing for her worthiest interpreter, Art. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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How to please the public - that's the test,
But nowadays I find I'm in a fix;
I know they're not accustomed to the best,
But they've all read so much they know the tricks.
How can we give then something fresh and new
That's serious, but entertaining too? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The clever reader who is capable or reading between these lines what does not stand written in them but is nevertheless implied will be able to form some conception. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Live dangerously and you live right. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Oh, man is so transient that even where he is really certain of his existence, even where he makes the one true impression of his presence, in the memory, in the soul of his dear ones, even there must he disappear, be extinguished, and that so soon! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The shudder of awe is humanity's highest faculty, even though this world is forever altering values. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The little that is completed, vanishes from the sight of one who looks forward to what is still to do. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Beauty vanishes; virtue is lasting. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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He who only tastes his error will long dwell with it, will take delight in it as in a singular felicity; while he who drains it to the dregs will, if he be not crazy, find it to be what it is. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Let no one be like another, yet everyone like the highest. How is this done? Be each one perfect in himself. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The eye doesn't see any shapes, it sees only what is differentiated through light and dark or through colors. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The world is for thousands a freak show; the images flicker past and vanish; the impressions remain flat and unconnected in the soul. Thus they are easily led by the opinions of others, are content to let their impressions be shuffled and rearranged and evaluated differently. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I will say nothing against the course of my existence. But at bottom it has been nothing but pain and burden, and I can affirm that during the whole of my 75 years, I have not had four weeks of genuine well-being. It is but the perpetual rolling of a rock that must be raised up again forever. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Once you have missed the first buttonhole, you'll never manage to button up. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The dear good people don't know how long it takes to learn to read. I've been at it eighty years, and can't say yet that I've reached the goal. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A stated truth loses its grace, but a repeated error appears insipid and ridiculous. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is no crime of which I cannot conceive myself guilty. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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One is never satisfied with a portrait of persons whom one knows. That is why I have always pitied portraitists. One demands so seldom of others the impossible, but demands just that of the portraitists. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The realization of the self is only possible if one is productive, if one can give birth to one's own potentialities. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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How can one learn to know oneself? Never by introspection, rather by action. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The most fortunate of men, Be he a king or commoner, is he Whose welfare is assured in his own home. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Can that be a delusion which makes us happy? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We love a girl for very different qualities than understanding. We love her for her beauty, her youth, her mirth, her confidingness, her character, with its faults, caprices and God knows what other inexpressible charms; but we do not love her understanding. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Who is the happiest man? He who is alive to the merit of others, and can rejoice in their enjoyment as if it were his own. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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When people really deteriorate, their only contribution is malicious joy in the misfortune of others. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Who longs in solitude to live, Ah! soon his wish will gain: Men hope and love, men get and give, and leave him to his pain. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What is predestination? Answer: God is more powerful and wiser than we are, therefore he deals with us according to his pleasure. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Science arose from poetry ... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Hold your powers together for something good and let everything go that is for you without result and is not suited to you. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Only he who finds empiricism irksome is driven to method. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Time is my estate: to Time I'm heir. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Each has his own happiness in his hands, as the artist handles the rude clay he seeks to reshape it into a figure; yet it is the same with this art as with all others: only the capacity for it is innate; the art itself must be learned and painstakingly practiced. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The first impression is readily received. We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible things; and, once they are engraved upon the memory, woe to him who would endeavor to efface them. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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No one as ever completed their apprenticeship. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Generosity wins favour for everyone, especially when it is accompanied by modesty. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The further one advances in experience, the closer one comes to the unfathomable; the more one learns to utilize experience, the more one recognizes that the unfathomable is of no practical value. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Hell begins the day that God grants you the vision to see all that you could have done, should have done, and would have done, but did not do. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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All men would be masters of others, and no man is lord of himself. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I reverence the individual who understands distinctly what he wishes; who unweariedly advances, who knows the means conducive to his object, and can seize and use them. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The world is so full of simpletons and madmen, that one need not seek them in a madhouse. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Normally, the sciences distance themselves from life and the return to it via a detour. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Man is too prone, at best, to seek the way that's easy, He soon grows fond of unconditioned rest; -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Did I not feel charmed at those truly genuine expressions of nature, which, though but little mirthful in reality, so often amused us? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The field of experience is the whole universe in all directions. Theory remains shut up within the limits of human faculties. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Mediocrity has no greater consolation than in the thought that genius is not immortal. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Reason looks at necessity as the basis of the world; reason is able to turn chance in your favor and use it. Only by having reasonremain strong and unshakable can we be called a god of the earth. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To appear at church every Sunday; to look down upon, and let himself be looked at for an hour by the congregation, is the best means of becoming popular which can be recommended to a young sovereign. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Napoleon affords us an example of the danger of elevating one's self to the absolute, and sacrificing everything to the carrying out of an idea. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Architecture is frozen music. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is the great triumph of genius to make the common appear novel. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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An absent friend gives us friendly company when we are well assured of his happiness. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Imagination, however high it flies,
Falls short, however hard it tries.
But spirits fit to see deeply invest
In what is boundless a boundless trust. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is a false compliance with the multitude to raise in them emotions which they wish, when these are not emotions which they ought, to feel." "Whoever -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Nothing can be compared to the new life that the discovery of another country provides for a thoughtful person. Although I am still the same I believe to have changed to the bones. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There you have it! - How they anticipate my wishes, how they grant friendship's little attentions, which are worth a thousand times more than breathtaking presents that merely prove the giver's vanity and humiliate us. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To understand one thing well is better than understanding many things by halves. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is better to do the smallest thing in the world than to hold half an hour to be too small a thing. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I always had an aversion to your apostles of freedom; each but sought for himself freedom to do what he liked. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The best part of such noble liquor, No less than gold and jewelry, By preference dwells in night and gloom. The wise man searches tirelessly; 5200 To see by daylight, that's child's play, But where it's dark, there mysteries have their home. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The highest cannot be spoken; it can only be acted. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A vain man can never be utterly ruthless: he wants to win applause and therefore he accommodates himself to others -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I have found among my papers a sheet ... in which I call architecture frozen music. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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New inventions can and will be made; however, nothing new can be thought of that concerns moral man. Everything has already been thought and said which at best we can express in different forms and give new expressions to. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I have never looked at foreign countries or gone there but with the purpose of getting to know the general human qualities that are spread all over the earth in very different forms, and then to find these qualities again in my own country and to recognize and to further them. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Beware of wishing for anything in youth, because you will get it in middle age. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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My father, my father, and dost thou not hear
The words that the Erl-King now breathes in mine ear?
'Be calm, dearest child, 'tis thy fancy deceives;
Tis the sad wind that sighs through the withering leaves. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What is hardest of all? That which seems most simple: to see with your eyes what is before your eyes. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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You accuse a woman of wavering affections, but don't blame her; she is just looking for a consistent man. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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My inheritance how lordly wide and fair;
Time is my fair seed-field, to Time I'm heir. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Flowers are the beautiful hieroglyphics of nature with which she indicates how much she loves us. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The world is full of contradiction. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Against great advantages in another, there are no means of defending ourselves except love. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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As he came leaping in, the poodle did not heed it.
The matter now seems turned about;
The Devil's in the house and can't get out. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Yes, one is on the right track when one does not know what one is thinking when one is thinking; everything is handed to one, as it were. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The history of a man is in his character. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is nothing worth thinking but it has been thought before; we must only try to think it again. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Only law can give us freedom. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Some of our weaknesses are born in us, others are the result of education; it is a question which of the two gives us most trouble. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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America, you have it better than our continent, the old one. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Modern poets add a lot of water to their ink. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A talent can be cultivated in tranquility; a character only in the rushing stream of life. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We learn to treasure what is above this earth; we long for revelation, which nowhere burns more purely and more beautifully than in the New Testament. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The deepest, the only theme of human history, compared to which all others are of subordinate importance, is the conflict of scepticism with faith. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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In politics as on a sickbed men toss from side to side in hope of lying more comfortably. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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When married one has to get into an argument once in a while since in this way one learns about the other. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Like the star that shines afar, Without haste and without rest, Let each one wheel with steady sway Round the task that rules the day, And do their best. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Like star that shines afar, slowly now, and without rest, let each man turn with steady sway, around the task that rules the day, and do his best. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A good person, striving dimly,
Is well aware of the right path. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The eternal female draws us onward. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Modern poets mix too much water with their ink.
[Ger., Neuere Poeten thun viel Wasser in die Tinte.] -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Man can only endure a certain degree of unhappiness; what is beyond that either annihilates him or passes by him and leaves him apathetic -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Distrust those in whom the desire to punish is strong. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Error is to truth as sleep is to waking. I have observed that one turns, as if refreshed, from error back to truth. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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He who is firm and resolute in will molds the world to himself. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The Beginning and end of all literary activity is the reproduction of the world that surrounds me by means of the world that is in me, all things being grasped, related, recreated, molded, and reconstructed in a personal form and original manner. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Energy will do anything that can be done in the world; and no talents, no circumstances, no opportunities will make a two-legged animal a man without it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Give me those days with heart in riot, The depths of bliss that touched on pain, The force of hate, and love's disquiet- Ah, give me back my youth again! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If you live criticizing people, you won't have time to love them. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is no way to face the great advantages of another person than through love. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I call him happy who still hopes to rise
To the surface in this sea of error.
The very things we don't know, we could use
And what we do know we have no use for. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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[Nature's] crown is Love. Only through Love can we come near her. She puts gulfs between all things, and all things strive to be interfused. She isolates everything, that she may draw everything together. With a few draughts from the cup of Love she repays for a life full of trouble. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Every bird has its decoy, and every man is led and misled in his own peculiar way. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The errors of the observer come from the qualities of the human mind. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If I'm to listen to someone else's opinion, it must be put in a positive way; I have enough problematic speculations in my own head -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Dust shall he eat, and greedily,
like my celebrated serpent-cousin -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Every one has something in his nature which, if he were to express it openly, would of necessity give offence. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Beauty is a primeval phenomenon, which itself never makes its appearance, but the reflection of which is visible in a thousand different utterances of the creative mind, and is as various as nature herself. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The suffering may be moral or physical; and in my opinion it is just as absurd to call a man a coward who destroys himself, as to call a man a coward who dies of a malignant fever. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Analysis and synthesis are both as necessary to the thinking spirit as inspiration and expiration to the organism. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I know of enough cases in which a close and, as it seemed, indissoluble relationship was annulled by the casual arrival of a third party, and one of the pair, previously joined so beautifully, driven out into empty space. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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One lives but once in the world. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The real scholar learns how to evolve the unknown from the known, and draws near the master. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Superstition belongs to the essence of mankind and takes refuge, when one thinks one has suppressed it completely, in the strangest nooks and crannies; once it is safely ensconced there, it suddenly reappears. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The spectacle of Nature is always new, for she is always renewing the spectators. Life is her most exquisite invention; and death is her expert contrivance to get plenty of life. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Whatever you can do or dream, begin it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Know'st thou yesterday, its aim and reason? Work'st thou will today for worthier things? Then calmly wait the morrow's hidden season, And fear thou not, what hap soe'er it brings -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There are three classes of readers; some enjoy without judgment; others judge without enjoyment; and some there are who judge while they enjoy, and enjoy while they judge. The latter class reproduces the work of art on which it is engaged. Its numbers are very small. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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As soon as you are in a social setting, you better take away the key to the lock of your heart and pocket it; those who leave thekey in the lock are fools. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Dispel not, the happy delusions of children. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If only these treasures were not so fragile as they are precious and beautiful. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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He who has art and science also has religion, but those who do not have them better have religion. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I have found a paper of mine among some others in which I call architecture 'petrified music.' Really there is something in this; the tone of mind produced by architecture approaches the effect of music. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Music, in the best sense, does not require novelty; nay, the older it is, and the more we are accustomed to it, the greater its effect. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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No wonder we are all more or less pleased with mediocrity, since it leaves us at rest, and gives the same comfortable feeling as when one associates with his equals. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The people rate strength before everything. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The mark of highest originality lies in the ability to develop a familiar idea so fruitfully that it would seem no one else would ever have discovered so much to be hidden in it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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An angel! Nonsense! Everybody so describes his mistress; and yet I find it impossible to tell you how perfect she is, or why she is so perfect: suffice it to say she has captivated all my senses. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A leaf that is destined to grow large is full of grooves and wrinkles at the start. Now if one has no patience and wants it smooth offhand like a willow leaf, there is trouble ahead. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What we do not understand we do not possess. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I do not now begin,
I still adore
Her whom I early cherish'd in my breast;
Then once again with prudence dispossess'd,
And to whose heart I'm driven back once more.
The love of Petrarch, that all-glorious love,
Was unrequited, and, alas, full sad ... -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I always seek the good that is in people and leave the bad to Him who made mankind and knows how to round off the corners. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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In art, to express the infinite one should suggest infinitely more than is expressed. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To make an epoch in the world, two conditions are manifestly essential-a good head and a great inheritance. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Make the most of time, it flies away so fast; yet method will teach you to win time. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Tis Lilith.
Who?
Adam's first wife is she.
Beware the lure within her lovely tresses,
The splendid sole adornment of her hair;
When she succeeds therewith a youth to snare,
Not soon again she frees him from her jesses. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The phrases that men hear or repeat continually, end by becoming convictions and ossify the organs of intelligence. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Could we perfect human nature, we might also expect a perfect state of things. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Reading ought to mean understanding; writing ought to mean knowing something; believing ought to mean comprehending; when you desire a thing, you will have to take it; when you demand it, you will not get it; and when you are experienced, you ought to be useful to others. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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While man's desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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That which issues from the heart alone,
Will bend the hearts of others to your own. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If nature is your teacher, your soul will awaken. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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From youth, I have been accustomed to direct the eyes of my spirit inwards rather than outwards; and hence it is very natural, that, to a certain extent, I should be acquainted with man, while of men I have not the smallest knowledge. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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He values my understanding and talents more highly than my heart, but I am proud of the latter only. It is the sole source of everything of our strength, happiness, and misery. All the knowledge I possess every one else can acquire, but my heart is exclusively my own. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The unnatural, that too is natural. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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That I be not as those are who spend the day in complaining of headache and the night in drinking the wine which gives the headache! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Some people spend the day in complaining of a headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Woman is mistress of the art of completely imbittering the life of the person on whom she depends. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you imagine -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Wouldst thou ever roam abroad? See, what is good lies by thy side. Only learn to catch happiness, for happiness is ever by you. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What have the Germans gained by their boasted freedom of the press, except the liberty of abusing each other as they like? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is no permanence in doubt; it incites the mind to closer inquiry and experiment, from which, if rightly managed, certainty proceeds, and in this alone can man find thorough satisfaction. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Traveling is like gambling: it is always connected with winning and losing and generally where it is least expected we receive, more or less than what we hoped for. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Nature is beneficent. I praise her and all her works. She is silent and wise. She is cunning, but for good ends. She has brought me here and will also lead me away. She may scold me, but she will not hate her work. I trust her. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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God knows I often retire to my bed wishing (at times even hoping) that I might never wake up; and in the morning I open my eyes, see the sun once again, and am miserable. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Beware of a man of one book. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The brilliant passes, like the dew at morn; The true endures, for ages yet unborn. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I am not ashamed to confess it; for I have learned, by my own experience, that all extraordinary men, who have accomplished great and astonishing actions, have ever be decried by the world as drunken or insane. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Our earthly ball a peopled garden. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The child, offered the mother's breast, Will not in the beginning grab it; But soon it clings to it with zest. And thus at wisdom's copious breasts You'll drink each day with greater zest. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Must it so be that whatever makes man happy must later become the source of his misery? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Without haste! without rest! Bind the motto to thy breast! Bear it with thee as a spell; Storm or sunshine , guard it well. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is no art in turning a goddess into a witch, a virgin into a whore, but the opposite operation, to give dignity to what has been scorned, to make the degraded disireable, that calls for art or for character -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To me the external existence of my soul is proved from my idea of activity. If I work incessantly until my death, nature will give me another form of existence when the present can no longer sustain my spirit. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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So all in their different fashions pursued their daily lives, thoughtfully or not; everything seemed to be following is usual course, as is the way in monstrously strange circumstances when everything is at stake: we go on with our lives as though nothing were the matter. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Give me the benefit of your convictions, if you have any; but keep your doubts to yourself, for I have enough of my own. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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As long as you don't practice it, this dying and becoming, You are only a dreary guest on this dark earth. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Errors belong to libraries; truth, to the human mind. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Since you know me and my destiny only too well, you probably also know what attracts me to all unfortunate people. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The safest thing is always to try to convert everything that is in us and around us into action; let the others talk and argue about it as they please. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Tolerance should really only be a passing attitude: it should lead to appreciation. To tolerate is to offend. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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School-boy. The spectators thou regardest as on work-days they regard each other. For thee, then, it may be well to wish thyself behind a desk, over ruled ledgers, collecting tolls, and picking out reversions. Thou feelest not the co-operating, co-inspiring -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Your messages I hear, but faith has not been given; The dearest child of Faith is Miracle. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Colors are light's suffering and joy -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Why should we not recognize in the lightning, the thunder, and the storm wind, the approach of an overwhelming Power, and in the scent of flowers and the gently rustling zephyr the presence of a Being full of love? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We who didn't inherit political power nor are made to acquire riches like nothing better than that which expands and solidifies the power of the spirit. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Stones are mute teachers; they silence the observer, and the most valuable lesson we learn from them we cannot communicate. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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All poetry is supposed to be instructive but in an unnoticeable manner; it is supposed to make us aware of what it would be valuable to instruct ourselves in; we must deduce the lesson on
our own, just as with life. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Where there is much light, the shadows are deepest.
[Ger., Wo viel Licht is, ist starker Schatten.] -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Life is the childhood of our immortality. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Please send me your last pair of shoes, worn out with dancing as you mentioned in your letter, so that I might have something to press against my heart. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I hate every violent overthrow, because as much is destroyed as is gained by it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Every reader, if he has a strong mind, reads himself into the book, and amalgamates his thoughts with those of the author. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Whatever we think out, whatever we take in hand to do, should be perfectly and finally finished, that the world, if it must alter, will only have to spoil it; we have then nothing to do but unite the severed, to recollect and restore the dismembered. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Tomorrow sees undone, what happens not to-day; Still forward press, nor never tire! The possible, with steadfast trust, Resolve should be by the forelock grasp. Then she will ne'er let go her clasp, And labors on, because she must. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Our mistakes and failures are always the first to strike us, and outweigh in our imagination what we have accomplished and attained. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I see no end to my misery but the grave. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The time for useful work flies fast. Why talk of being in the humor? Who hesitates will never be. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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For usually people resist as long as they can to dismiss the fool they harbor in their bosom, they resist to confess a major mistake or to admit a truth that makes them despair. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The most foolish of all errors is for clever young men to believe that they forfeit their originality in recognising a truth which has already been recognised by others. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Normally, people believe that, if they hear just words, that these words must lead to some thought. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There are two things parents should give their children roots and wings. Roots to give them bearing and a sense of belonging, but also wings to help free them from constraints and prejudices and give them other ways to travel (or rather, to fly). -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Few are open to conviction, but the majority of men are open to persuasion -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Some books seem to have been written, not to teach us anything, but to let us know that the author has known something. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Limitation of aims is the mother of wisdom and the secret of achievement. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A flippant, frivolous man may ridicule others, may controvert them, scorn them; but he who has any respect for himself seems to have renounced the right of thinking meanly of others. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Thou art in the end what thou art. Put on wigs with millions of curls, set thy foot upon ell-high rocks. Thou abidest ever
what thou art. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Mephistopholese: But we, more cunning in our cares,
Must take our joys before they fade. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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How marvelous, wide and broad is my Inheritance! Time is my property, my estate is time. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Talent is nurtured in solitude; character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
[Ger., Es bildet ein talent sich in der Stille,
Sich ein Charakter in dem Strom der Welt.] -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is said, that no one is a hero to their butler. The reason is, that it requires a hero to recognize a hero. The butler, however, will probably know well how to estimate his equals. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is strong shadow where there is much light. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Energy is the basis of everything. Every Jew, no matter how insignificant, is engaged in some decisive and immediate pursuit of a goal ... It is the most perpetual people of the earth ... -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Hast thou, then, nothing more to mention? Com'st ever, thus, with ill intention? Find'st nothing right on earth, eternally? MEPHISTOPHELES No, Lord! I find things, there, still bad as they can be. Man's misery even to pity moves my nature; I've scarce the heart to plague the wretched creature. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Unrest and uncertainty are our lot. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Think of you! I do not think of you; you are always before my soul. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Remember to live. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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But one must know where one stands, and where the others wish to go. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Try novelties for salesman's bait, For novelty wins everyone. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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And we went our separate ways without having understood each other. As in this world nobody understands the other easily. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Old age is never honored among us, but only indulged, as childhood is; and old men lose one of the most precious rights of man,
that of being judged by their peers. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A vi'let on the meadow grew, That no one saw, that no one knew, It was a modest flower. A shepherdess pass'd by that way
Light footed, pretty and so gay; That way she came, Softly warbling forth her lay. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I mean now to try and see her as soon as I can: or perhaps, on second thoughts, I had better not; it is better I should behold her through the eyes of her lover. To my sight, perhaps, she would not appear as she now stands before me; and why should I destroy so sweet a picture? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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No one should desire to live in irregular circumstances; but if by chance a man falls into them, they test his character and show of how much determination he is capable. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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War is in truth a disease in which the juices that serve health and maintenance are used for the sole purpose of nourishing something foreign, something at odds with nature. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Whoever strenuously endeavors, him we can rescue. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The question "From where does the poet get it?" addresses only the what, nobody learns anything about the how when asking that question. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and the we'll need no other light. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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God could cause us considerable embarrassment by revealing all the secrets of nature to us: we should not know what to do for sheer apathy and boredom. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.
(Letter to A.F. Oeser, Nov. 9, 1768) -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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In praising or loving a child, we love and praise not that which is, but that which we hope for. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Ohne Hast, aber ohne Rast. - Without haste, but without rest. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To quit smoking, you must first want to quit, but then you must also do the quitting -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Superstition is a part of the very being of humanity; and when we fancy that we are banishing it altogether, it takes refuge in the strangest nooks and corners, and then suddenly comes forth again, as soon as it believes itself at all safe. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Necessity is cruel, but it is the only test of inward strength. Every fool may live according to his own likings. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The highest problem of any art is to cause by appearance the illusion of a higher reality. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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No skill or art is needed to grow old; the trick is to endure it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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After the play, he counts on playing cards,
and he on a wild night in some girl's arms -
why, in a cause like this, must you poor fools
so sorely try the Muses' kindness -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Whatever is the lot of humankind
I want to taste within my deepest self.
I want to seize the highest and the lowest,
to load its woe and bliss upon my breast,
and thus expand my single self titanically
and in the end go down with all the rest. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We often feel that we lack something, and seem to see that very quality in someone else, promptly attributing all our own qualities to him too, and a kind of ideal contentment as well. And so the happy mortal is a model of complete perfection
which we have ourselves created. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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From inaccessible mountain range by way of desert untrod by human foot to the ends of the unknown seas, the breath of the everlasting creative spirit is felt, rejoicing over every speck of dust that hearkens to it and lives. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I can promise to be sincere, but I cannot promise to be impartial. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Truth is a torch, but a terrific one; therefore we all try to reach it with closed eyes, lest we should be scorched. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We must not hope to be mowers, And to gather the ripe gold ears, Unless we have first been sowers And water the furrows with tears. It is not just as we take it, This mystical world of ours, Life's field will yield as we make it A harvest of thorns or of flowers. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Everything we do has a result. But that which is right and prudent does not always lead to good, nor the contrary to what is bad. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If I love you, what business is it of yours? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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All beginnings are delightful; the threshold is the place to pause. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Those that are firm in their will mold the world to themselves. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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You are, when all is done-just what you are. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What in us the women leave uncultivated, children cultivate when we retain them near us. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Oh God, how do the world and heavens confine themselves, when our hearts tremble in their own barriers! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Seldom in the business and transactions of ordinary life, do we find the sympathy we want. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Just trust yourself and you'll learn the art of living. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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God help us -- for art is long, and life so short. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Individuality of expression is the beginning and end of all art. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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For the nature of a women is closely allied to art.
[Ger., Denn das Naturell der Frauen
Ist so nah mit Kunst verwandt.] -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Not art and science only, but patience will be required for the work. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The arts are the salt of the earth; as salt relates to food, the arts relate to technology. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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He who possesses science and art, Possesses religion as well; He who possesses neither of these, Had better have religion. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The art of living rightly is like all arts; it must be learned and practiced with incessant care. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Man can find no better retreat from the world than art, and man can find no stronger link with the world than art. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The misfortune in the state is, that nobody can enjoy life in peace, but that everybody must govern; and in art, that nobody will enjoy what has been produced, but that every one wants to reproduce on his own account. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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For true art there is no such thing as preparatory schooling, but there are certainly preparations; the best, however, is when the least pupil takes a share in master's work. Colour-grinders have turned into very good artists. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We can stand only a certain amount of unhappiness; anything beyond that annihilates us or passes us by, leaving us apathethetic. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Personality is everything in art and poetry. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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All our knowledge is symbolic. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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True art can only spring from the intimate linking of the serious and the playful. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What matters in art is not thinking but making. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Literature decays only as men become more and more corrupt. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To be sure, a good work of art can and will have moral consequences, but to demand of the artists moral intentions, means ruiningtheir craft. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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One cannot escape the world more certainly through art, and one cannot bind oneself to it more certainly than through art -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If you have science and art,
You also have religion;
But if you don't have them,
You better have religion. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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True works of art contain their own theory and give us the measurement according to which we should judge them. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The true, prescriptive artist strives after artistic truth; the lawless artist, following blind instinct, after an appearance of naturalness. The one leads to the highest peaks of art, the other to its lowest depths. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The dignity of art probably appears most eminently with music since it does not have any material that needs to be discounted. Music is all form and content and elevates and ennobles everything that it expresses. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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In art it's not the thinking that does the job, but making. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It would be a lowly art that allowed itself to be understood all at once. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Art is based on a strong sentiment of religion,
on a profound and mighty earnestness; hence it is so prone to co-operate with religion. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Art is a mediator of the unspeakable. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is no patriotic art. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Art is in itself noble; that is why the artist has no fear of what is common. This, indeed, is already ennobled when he takes it up. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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In art the best is good enough. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Art is a severe business; most serious when employed in grand and sacred objects. The artist stands higher than art, higher than the object. He uses art for his purposes, and deals with the object after his own fashion. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Give shape, artist! don't talk!
Your poem be but a breath. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Art will always be art. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Many young painters would never have taken their pencils in hand if they could have felt, known, and understood, early enough, what really produced a master like Raphael. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is such an agreeable feeling to be busy with something one is only half-competent to do that nobody should criticize the dilettante for taking up an art he will never learn, or blame the artist who leaves the territory of his own art for the pleasure of trying himself in a neighbouring one. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The connoisseur of art must be able to appreciate what is simply beautiful, but the common run of people is satisfied with ornament. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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True works of art are a manifestation of the higher laws of nature. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from the artist is to make him ruin his work. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Idea and experience will never coincide in the center; only through art and action are they united. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Art rests on a kind of religious sense, on a deep, steadfast earnestness; and on this account it unites so readily with religion. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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There is no better deliverance from the world than through art, and a man can form no surer bond with it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A school of art or of anything else is to be looked on as a single individual, who keeps talking to himself for a hundred years, and feels an extreme satisfaction with his own circle of favorite ideas, be they ever so silly. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient. To act is easy, to think is hard; to act according to our thought is troublesome. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Art is long, life is short; judgement difficult, opportunity transient. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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For the nature of women is closely allied to art -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A genuine work of art usually displeases at first sight, as it suggests a deficiency in the spectator. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We talk too much. We should talk less and draw more. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Neither art thou the man to catch the fiend and hold him! [Ger., Du bist noch nicht der Mann den Teufel festzuhalten. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Religion is not in want of art; it rests on its own majesty. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Oftentimes I say to myself, "Thou alone art wretched: all other mortals are happy, none are distressed like thee!" Then I read a passage in an ancient poet, and I seem to understand my own heart. I have so much to endure! Have men before me ever been so wretched? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Beauty is at once the ultimate principle and the highest aim of art. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Mozart is a human incarnation of the divine force of creation. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The whole art of living consists in giving up existence in order to exist. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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With little art, clear wit and sense Suggest their own delivery. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Neither a work of nature nor one of art we get to know when they have been finished; we must surprise them in the process of beingcreated so as to understand them to some degree. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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How can we know ourselves? Never by reflection, but only through action. Begin at once to do your duty and immediately you will know what is inside you. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A man would create another man if one did not already exist, but a woman might live an eternity without even thinking of reproducing her own sex. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Gracious Providence, to whom I owe all my powers, why didst thou not withhold some of those blessings I possess, and substitute in their place a feeling of self-confidence and contentment? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Sometimes I don't understand how another can love her, is allowed to love her, since I love her so completely myself, so intensely, so fully, grasp nothing, know nothing, have nothing but her! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Everything which is properly business we must keep carefully separate from life. Business requires earnestness and method; life must have a freed handling. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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So the restless traveler long at last for his native soil, finds his cottage in the arms of his wife, in the affection of his children, labor necessary for their support, all the happiness which he sought in vain the wild world -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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In society every man is taken for what he gives himself out to be; but he must give himself out to be something. Better to be slightly disagreeable than altogether insignificant. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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How often do I lull my seething blood to rest, for you have never seen anything so unsteady, so uncertain, as this heart. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To have your every wish, desire, Wake, regard the glorious light! What holds you bound is a mild power, Sleep's a shell, break out of it! Up, no lagging, boldly does it; Though the crowd doubts and delays, All's possible to a brave spirit 4830 Who sees, and seeing's quick to seize. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Upon the creatures we have made, we are, ourselves, at last, dependent. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I'm fairly fond of boys, but my preference is for girls; When I have enough of a girl, she serves me still as a boy. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The works of Lavoisier and his associates operated upon many of us at that time like the Sun's rising after a night of moonshine: but Chemistry is now betrothed to the Mathematics, and is in consequence grown somewhat shy of her former admirers. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The most privileged position, in life as in society, is that of an educated soldier. Rough warriors, at any rate, remain true to their character, and as great strength is usually the cover for good nature, we get on with them at need. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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One must keep repeating the Truth. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Thank God when He lays a burden on thee, and thank Him when He takes it off. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through all eternity. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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All professional men are handicapped by not being allowed to ignore things which are useless. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Wrath takes hold of you.
The trumpet sounds.
The graves quake.
And your heart
Raised
From the quietness of ashes
Into the torment of flames
Quakes. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Love can do much, but duty more. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Every second is of infinite value. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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MARGARETE. Yes, out of sight is out of mind. It's second nature with you, gallantry; But you have friends of every kind, Cleverer by far, oh much, than me. FAUST. Dear girl, believe me, what's called cleverness Is mostly shallowness and vanity. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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You can put up with everything in this world except not with a long stretch of beautiful days. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Hypotheses are the scaffolds which are erected in front of a building and removedd when the building is completed. They are indispensable to the worker; but the worker must not mistake the scaffolding for the building. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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One must submit, like a traveller who has to ascend a mountain: if the mountain was not there, the road would be both shorter and pleasanter; but there it is, and he must get over it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What man does not know,
Or has not thought of,
Wanders in the night
Through the labyrinth of the mind. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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When he comes to the door
he always looks mocking and half-way angry.
You can see he has sympathy for nothing.
It's written on his forehead
that he can love no one. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It hurts me when we can only travel a short stretch on the same road -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If in the infinite you want to stride, Just walk in the finite to every side. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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From desire I plunge to its fulfilment, where I long once more for desire. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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A state of affairs which leads to daily vexation is not the right state. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The spirit from which we act is the principal matter. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Behaviour is a mirror in which every one displays his own image. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Behavior is a mirror in which every one shows his image. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Did it really have to be like this?that the source of Man's contentment becomes the source of his misery? -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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The thinker makes a great mistake when he asks after cause and effect. They both together make up the indivisible phenomenon. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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In the end we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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But there are times," said Charlotte, "when it is necessary and an act of friendship to write nothing rather than not to write. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Higher aims are in themselves more valuable, even if unfulfilled, than lower ones quite attained. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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When we treat man as he is we make him worse than he is.
When we treat him as if he already was what he potentially could be
We make him what he should be. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What you inherit from your father
must first be earned before it's yours. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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All theory is gray, my friend. But forever green is the tree of life. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What's left undone today, tomorrow will not do. Faust -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Reality surpasses imagination; and we see, breathing, brightening, and moving before our eyes sights dearer to our hearts than any we ever beheld in the land of sleep. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I pity those who make much ado about the transitory nature of all things and are lost in the contemplation of earthly vanity: are we not here to make the transitory permanent? This we can do only if we know how to value both. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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My counsel is, to force nothing, and rather to trifle and sleep away all unproductive days and hours, than on such days to compose something that will afterwards give no pleasure. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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One glance, one word from you gives more pleasure than all the wisdom of this world. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To make a young couple love each other, it is only necessary to oppose and separate them. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We are forced to participate in the games of life before we can possibly learn how to use the options in the rules governing them. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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When young, one is confident to be able to build palaces for mankind, but when the time comes one has one's hands full just to be able to remove their trash. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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To every one [Nature] appears in a form of his own. She hides herself in a thousand names and terms, and is always the same. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Chess is the touchstone of intellect. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Though the ear choose not to hear,
In the heart I echo,clear:
Always found, and never sought,
Praised, as well as cursed, in thought. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I look upon all four Gospels as thoroughly genuine, for there shines forth from them the reflected splendor of a sublimity proceeding from Jesus Christ. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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It is one of Heaven's best gifts to hold such a dear creature in one's arms. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What we agree with leaves us inactive, but contradiction makes us productive. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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God save you, my brethren, with all your -isms and schisms! I am a citizen of the world, and a man of Weimer. I have established myself by culture in this choice society; and if anyone knows a better place, let him go to it. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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What we don't understand we don't possess. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I've often heard it said a preacher
might learn with a comedian for a teacher. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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If all these devils really exist it proves there must be angels, too. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Over the trackless past, somewhere, Lie the lost days of our tropic youth, Only regained by faith and prayer, Only recalled by prayer and plaint, Each lost day has its patron saint! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and
if at all possible
speak a few sensible words. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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One should, each day, try to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if possible, speak a few reasonable words -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Thought expands, but paralyzes; action animates, but narrows. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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We are surrounded by abysses, but the greatest of all depths is in our own heart, and an irresistible leaning leads us there. Draw thyself from thyself! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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I see my discourse leaves you cold;
Dear kids, I do not take offense;
Recall: the Devil, he is old,
Grow old yourselves, and he'll make sense! -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe