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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
German dramatist, novelist, poet, & scientist [more author details]
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A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.
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Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
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All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
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Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place in conversation.
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Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay.
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Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.
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Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.
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Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.
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Everything in the world may be endured except continued prosperity.
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He only earns his freedom and existence who daily conquers them anew.
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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.
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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.
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If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
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Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
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Nothing is worse than active ignorance.
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Nothing is worth more than this day.
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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.
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Science arose from poetry--when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.
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So divinely is the world organized that every one of us, in our place and time, is in balance with everything else.
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That is the true season of love, when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will love in the same way after us.
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