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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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  • We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.

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  • We are never further from what we wish than when we believe that we have what we wished for.

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  • If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.

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  • Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout.

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  • There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.

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  • The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

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  • The unnatural, that too is natural.

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  • There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.

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  • It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.

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  • What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.

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  • Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.

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  • Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

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  • One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.

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  • I can tell you, honest friend, what to believe: believe life; it teaches better that book or orator.

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  • No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.

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  • We don't get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like.

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  • One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.

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  • To rule is easy, to govern difficult.

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  • We usually lose today, because there has been a yesterday, and tomorrow is coming.

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  • If you start to think of your physical and moral condition, you usually find that you are sick.

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  • He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.

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