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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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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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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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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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God help us - for art is long, and life so short. 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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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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People are always talking about originality, but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world begins to work upon us, and this goes on to the end. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Kindness is the golden thread that holds society together. 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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Poor fool! in whose petty estimation all things are little. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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If you wish a wise answer, you must put a rational question. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Every great idea exerts, on first appearing, a tyrannical influence: Hence, the advantages it brings are turned all too soon into disadvantages. 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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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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There are two things children should get from their parents: roots and wings. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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The greatest piece of folly is that every man thinks himself compelled to hand down what people think they have known. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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When intelligent and sensible people despise knowledge in their old age, it is only because they have asked too much of it and of themselves. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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At all times it has not been the age, but individuals alone, who have worked for knowledge. It was the age which put Socrates to death by poison, the age which burnt Huss. The ages have always remained alike. 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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Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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As man is, so is his God. And thus is God oft strangely odd. 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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He who is and remains true to himself and to others has the most attractive quality of the greatest talent. 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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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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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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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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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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The words you've bandied are sufficient; 'Tis deeds that I prefer to see. [Ger., Der Worte sind genug gewechselt, Lasst mich auch endlich Thaten sehn.] 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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If you are to accomplish all that one demands of you, you must overestimate your own worth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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So much has already been said about Shakespeare that there doesn't seem to be anything more to say; yet it is the quality of the spirit that it forever stimulates the spirit. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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