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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.

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  • If your treat an individual... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.

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  • He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it.

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  • For just when ideas fail, a word comes in to save the situation.

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  • If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.

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  • Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

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  • Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.

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  • Upon the creatures we have made, we are, ourselves, at last, dependent.

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  • Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.

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  • Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.

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  • All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.

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  • Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.

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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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  • Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.

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  • The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.

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  • It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.

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  • No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.

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  • The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.

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  • Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.

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  • There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.

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  • Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.

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  • Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.

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  • Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.

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  • First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.

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  • Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.

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  • To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.

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  • Every step of life shows much caution is required.

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  • Every spoken word arouses our self-will.

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