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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Opponents fancy they refute us when they repeat their own opinion and pay no attention to ours. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Few rash of any modern nation have a proper sense of an aesthetical whole; they praise and blame by parts; they are charmed by passages. And who has greater reason to rejoice in this than actors, since the stage is ever but a patched and piecemeal matter? 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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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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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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Sound and sufficient reason falls, after all, to the share of but few men, and those few men exert their influence in silence. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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He who would reproach an author for obscurity should look into his own mind to see whether it is quite clear there. In the dusk the plainest writing is illegible. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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The Evil One has left, the evil ones remain. [Ger., Den Bosen sind sie los, die Bosen sind geblieben.] Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Happy is it, indeed, for me that my heart is capable of feeling the same simple and innocent pleasure as the peasant whose table is covered with food of his own rearing, and who not only enjoys his meal, but remembers with delight the happy days and sunny mornings when he planted it, the soft evenings when he watered it, and the pleasure he experienced in watching its daily growth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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The highest happiness of man ... is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Not all that is presented to us as history has really happened; and what really happened did not actually happen the way it is presented to us; moreover, what really happened is only a small part of all that happened. Everything in history remains uncertain, the largest events as well as the smallest occurrence. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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What chance gathers, she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. 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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Don't dissipate your powers; strive to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it will surely repent of every ill-judged outlay. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Out of moderation a pure happiness springs. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Beautiful is greater than Good, for it includes the Good. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Even dirt glitters when the sun is shining upon it 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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So, lively brisk old fellow, don't let age get you down. White hairs or not, you can still be a lover. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Is not the core of nature in the heart of man? Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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We are the slaves of objects around us, and appear little or important according as these contract or give us room to expand. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Microscopes and telescopes really confuse our minds. 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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The close and thoughtful observer more and more learns to recognize his limitations. He realizes that with the steady growth of knowledge more and more new problems keep on emerging. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Wisdom is only found in truth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Death is Nature's expert advice to get plenty of Life. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Love does not dominate; it cultivates. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Precaution is better than cure. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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I will listen to anyone's convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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The unnatural, that too is natural. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it. 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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Master and Doctor are my titles; for ten years now, without repose, I held my erudite recitals and led my pupils by the nose. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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And those whom once my song had cheered and gladdened, If still they live, rove through the world now saddened. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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The master proves himselin recognizing his limitations. 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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Nothing will change the fact that I cannot produce the least thing without absolute solitude. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Writing history is a method of getting rid of the past. 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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Who is sure of their own motives can in confidence advance or retreat. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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People may live as much retired from the world as they please; but sooner or later, before they are aware, they will find themselves debtor or creditor to somebody. 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 style of an author is a faithful copy of his mind. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Viewed from the summit of reason, all life looks like a malignant disease and the world like a madhouse. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Here too it's masquerade, I find: As everywhere, the dance of mind. I grasped a lovely masked procession, And caught things from a horror show... I'd gladly settle for a false impression, If it would last a little longer, though. 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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One should not search for anything behind the phenomena. They themselves are the message. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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I nothing had, and yet enough for youth-Joy in Illusion, ardent thirst for Truth. Give unrestrained, the old emotion, The bliss that touched the verge of pain, The strength of Hate, Love's deep devotion,-O, give me back my youth again! Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Just begin and the mind grows heated; continue, and the task will be completed! Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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What we wish for in youth comes in heaps to us in old age. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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It never occurs to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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A fiery chariot, borne on buoyant pinions, Sweeps near me now! I soon shall ready be To pierce the ther's high, unknown dominions, To reach new spheres of pure activity! 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 shudder of awe is humanity's highest faculty, Even though this world is forever altering its values. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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The flowers of life are but visionary. How many pass away and leave no trace behind! How few yield any fruit, - and the fruit itself, how rarely does it ripen! And yet there are flowers enough; and is it not strange, my friend, that we should suffer the little that does really ripen to rot, decay, and perish unenjoyed? 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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My inheritance, how wide and fair Time is my estate; to Time I'm heir. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Colors are the deeds and sufferings of light. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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One's roused by this, another finds that fit: Each loves the play for what he brings to it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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He who is plenteously provided for from within, needs but little from without. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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The deed is everything, the glory nothing. 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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