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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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  • The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.

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  • Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens.

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  • Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.

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  • It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.

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  • Character develops itself in the stream of life.

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  • If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.

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  • Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.

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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.

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  • A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.

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  • The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.

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  • We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.

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  • All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.

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  • In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.

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  • The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.

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  • We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright.

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  • Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done.

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  • The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.

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  • He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.

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  • Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.

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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.

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  • Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

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  • A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.

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  • We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.

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  • If a man writes a book, let him set down only what he knows. I have guesses enough of my own.

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  • In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm... in the real world all rests on perseverance.

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  • The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.

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  • Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.

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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.

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  • The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part.

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  • Common sense is the genius of humanity.

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