Quotes by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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knowing is not enoug quote by johann wolfgang von goethe

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

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self knowledge comes quote by johann wolfgang von goethe

Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.

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the soul that sees b quote by johann wolfgang von goethe

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

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hatred is active an quote by johann wolfgang von goethe

Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.

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every day we should  quote by johann wolfgang von goethe

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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There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.

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

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This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.

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

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A useless life is an early death.

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

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Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.

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

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

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Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.

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Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.

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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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Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.

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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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Doubt grows with knowledge.

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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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Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.

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An unused life is an early death.

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We will burn that bridge when we come to it.

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Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.

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

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

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One cannot develop taste from what is of average quality but only from the very best.

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Personality is everything in art and poetry.

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Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

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The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.

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

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In art the best is good enough.

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A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.

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Few people have the imagination for reality.

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Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home.

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

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

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Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.

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The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.

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

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As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

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The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.

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Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves.

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Character develops itself in the stream of life.

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Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.

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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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Every spoken word arouses our self-will.

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What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.

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Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.

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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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The human mind will not be confined to any limits.

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Life is the childhood of our immortality.

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

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

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I love those who yearn for the impossible.

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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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The right man is the one who seizes the moment.

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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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Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.

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Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.

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

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Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time.

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Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.

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What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.

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Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.

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What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely.

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If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

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

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Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.

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All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.

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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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Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.

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Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.

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

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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 is dead in this world who has no belief in another.

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Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.

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There occurs the beautiful feeling that only humanity together is the true human being, and that the individual can be cheerful and happy only if he has the courage to feel himself in the Whole.

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The really unhappy person is the one who leaves undone what they can do, and starts doing what they don't understand; no wonder they come to grief.

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People are so constituted that everybody would rather undertake what they see others do, whether they have an aptitude for it or not.

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I will say nothingagainst the course of my existence. But at bottom it has been nothing but pain and burden, and I can affirm that during the whole of my 75 years, I have not had four weeks of genuine well-being. It is but the perpetual rolling of a rock that must be raised up again forever.

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Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient. To act is easy, to think is hard; to act according to our thought is troublesome.

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Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.

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Nothing higher can be accomplished by the epic poet thus interpreting his own time in order to serve the future.(Foreword by Frederick Ungar in Elective Affinities, 1962, Ungar Publishing)

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An angel! Nonsense! Everybody so describes his mistress; and yet I find it impossible to tell you how perfect she is, or why she is so perfect: suffice it to say she has captivated all my senses."

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Truth has to be repeated constantly, because Error also is being preached all the time, and not just by a few, but by the multitude. In the Press and Encyclopaedias, in Schools and Universities, everywhere Error holds sway, feeling happy and comfortable in the knowledge of having Majority on its side."

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

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English plays, Atrocious in content, Absurd in form, Objectionable in action, Execrable EnglishTheatre.

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What is the true test of character unless it be its progressive development in the bustle and turmoil, in the action and reaction of daily life.

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The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive.

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If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.

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People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.

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Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.

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A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.

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There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.

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One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.

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My worthy friend, gray are all theories And green alone Life's golden tree.

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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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Painting and tattooing the body is a return to animalism.

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No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.

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No prudent antagonist thinks light of his adversaries.

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You must either conquer and rule or serve and lose, suffer or triumph, be the anvil or the hammer.

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Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.

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Man can only endure a certain degree of unhappiness; what is beyond that either annihilates him or passes by him and leaves him apathetic

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No one as ever completed their apprenticeship.

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Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.

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Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.

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Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.

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For many people, one of the most frustrating aspects of life is not being able to understand other people's behavior.

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He who is and remains true to himself and to others has the most attractive quality of the greatest talent.

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In every artist there is a touch of audacity without which no talent is conceivable.

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Great endowments often announce themselves in youth in the form of singularity and awkwardness.

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

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You can put up with everything in this world except not with a long stretch of beautiful days.

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Where confidence is wanting, the most beautiful flower in the garland of love is missing.

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A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.

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The happy do not believe in miracles.

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None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

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Beloved brother, let us not forget that man can never get away from himself. [Ger., Lass uns, geliebter Bruder, nicht vergessen, Dass von sich selbst der Mensch nicht scheiden kann.]

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

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Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences progress in even greater extent and depth, and the human mind widen itself as much as it desires: beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity, as it shines forth in the Gospels, it will not go.

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A clever man commits no minor blunders.

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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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If the mass of people hesitate to act, strike with swiftly and with boldness, the brave heart that understands and seizes opportunity can everything.

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Our passions are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes.

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It is said, that no one is a hero to their butler. The reason is, that it requires a hero to recognize a hero. The butler, however, will probably know well how to estimate his equals.

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Once you have missed the first buttonhole, you'll never manage to button up.

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Lord Byron is only great as a poet; as soon as he reflects he is a child.

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Should I not be proud, when for twenty years I have had to admit to myself that the great Newton and all the mathematicians and noble calculators along with him were involved in a decisive error with respect to the doctrine of color, and that I among millions was the only one who knew what was right in this great subject of nature?

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The thinker makes a great mistake when he asks after cause and effect. They both together make up the indivisible phenomenon.

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Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.

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You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

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Nothing tells more about the character of a man than the things he makes fun of.

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Happy the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and his powers.

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One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.

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Good children's literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.

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Mysterious in the light of day, nature retains her veil, despite our clamours: That which she does not willingly display cannot be wrenched from her with levers, screws and hammers.

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Classicism is health, romanticisim is sickness.

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Each has his own happiness in his hands, as the artist handles the rude clay he seeks to reshape it into a figure; yet it is the same with this art as with all others: only the capacity for it is innate; the art itself must be learned and painstakingly practiced.

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Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.

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Truth is a torch, but a terrific one; therefore we all try to reach it with closed eyes, lest we should be scorched.

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One is led astray alike by sympathy and coldness, by praise and by blame

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Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiation - creation - there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans...

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Common sense is the genius of humanity.

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The most fortunate of men, Be he a king or commoner, is he Whose welfare is assured in his own home.

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In comradeship is danger countered best.

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The connoisseur of art must be able to appreciate what is simply beautiful, but the common run of people is satisfied with ornament.

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Why look for conspiracy when stupidity can explain so much

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To make a young couple love each other, it is only necessary to oppose and separate them.

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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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The artist who is not also a craftsman is no good; but, alas, most of our artists are nothing else.

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We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.

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Beauty is a primeval phenomenon, which itself never makes its appearance, but the reflection of which is visible in a thousand different utterances of the creative mind, and is as various as nature herself.

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Let us live in as small a circle as we will, we are either debtors or creditors before we have had time to look around.

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A judge who cannot punish, in the end associates themselves with the criminal.

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The bed of flowers Loosens amain, The beauteous snowdrops Droop o'er the plain. The crocus opens Its glowing bud, Like emeralds others, Others, like blood. With saucy gesture Primroses flare, And roguish violets, Hidden with care; And whatsoever There stirs and strives, The Spring's contented, If works and thrives.

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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.

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No one is willing to believe that adults too, like children, wander about this earth in a daze and, like children, do not know where they come from or where they are going, act as rarely as they do according to genuine motives, and are as thoroughly governed as they are by biscuits and cake and the rod.

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There speaks the man of truly noble ways, Who will not listen to the words of praise. In modesty averse, and with deaf ears, He acts as though the others were his peers.

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If we meet someone who owes us a debt of gratitude, we remember the fact at once. How often we can meet someone to whom we owe a debt of gratitude without thinking about it at all!

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We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

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Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days... What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.

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The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.

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The most congenial social occasions are those ruled by cheerful deference of each for all.

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There is no better deliverance from the world than through art, and a man can form no surer bond with it.

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Whoever would understand the poet Must go into the poet's country. [Ger., Wer den Dichter will verstehen Muss in Dichters Lande gehen.]

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Wealth and speed are what the world admires, what each pursues. Railways, express mails, steamships and every possible facility for communications are the achievement in which the civilized world view and revels, only to languish in mediocrity by that very fact. Indeed, the effect of this diffusion is to spread the culture of the mediocre.

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We lay aside letters never to read them again, and at last we destroy them out discretion, and so disappears the most immediate breath of life, irrecoverably for ourselves and for others.

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A great artist... must be shaken by the naked truths that will not be comforted. This divine discontent, this disequilibrium, this state of inner tension is the source of artistic energy.

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Hatred is active displeasure, envy passive. We need not wonder that envy turns to soon to hatred.

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A distracted existence leads us to no goal

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Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

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Doubt can only be removed by action.

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Mastery passes often for egotism.

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Thou art in the end what thou art. Put on wigs with millions of curls, set thy foot upon ell-high rocks. Thou abidest ever--what thou art.

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Someday someone will write a pathology of experimental physics and bring to light all those swindles which subvert our reason, beguile our judgement and, what is worse, stand in the way of any practical progress. The phenomena must be freed once and for all from their grim torture chamber of empiricism, mechanism, and dogmatism; they must be brought before the jury of man's common sense.

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Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.

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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.

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Most pioneers are at the mercy of doubt at the beginning, whether of their worth, of their theories, or of the whole enigmatic field in which they labour.

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Willing is not enough, we must do.

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No doubt you are right... there would be far less suffering amongst mankind if men... did not employ their imaginations so assiduously in recalling the memory of past sorrow, instead of bearing their present lot with equanimity.

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A man's errors are what make him amiable.

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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.

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Oh, happy he who still hopes he can emerge from Error's boundless sea! - Faust.

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Who are you then?" "I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.

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Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.

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He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

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The person who in shaky times also wavers only increases the evil, but the person of firm decision fashions the universe.

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Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.

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Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.

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A flippant, frivolous man may ridicule others, may controvert them, scorn them; but he who has any respect for himself seems to have renounced the right of thinking meanly of others.

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The day is committed to error and floundering; success and achievement are matters of long range.

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The flowers of life are but visionary. How many pass away and leave no trace behind! How few yield any fruit,--and the fruit itself, how rarely does it ripen! And yet there are flowers enough; and is it not strange, my friend, that we should suffer the little that does really ripen to rot, decay, and perish unenjoyed?

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He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own.

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It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.

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Lose this day loitering 'Twill be the same old story, Tomorrow and the next, Even more dilatory. Whatever you would do, Or dream of doing, begin it! Boldness has power, genius, and magic in it. Begin it now.

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Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do.

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I call architecture frozen music.

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Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.

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Our destiny often looks like a fruit-tree in winter. Who would think from its pitiable aspect that those rigid boughs, those rough twigs could next spring again be green, bloom, and even bear fruit? Yet we hope it, we know it.

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The beginning of faith is the beginning of fruitfulness; but the beginning of unbelief, however glittering, is empty.

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What makes poetry? A full heart, brimful of one noble passion.

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To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.

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The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth. [Ger., Das erste und letzte, was vom Genie gefordert wird, ist Wahreits-Liebe.]

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We love a girl for very different qualities than understanding. We love her for her beauty, her youth, her mirth, her confidingness, her character, with its faults, caprices and God knows what other inexpressible charms; but we do not love her understanding.

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God help us -- for art is long, and life so short.

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To accept good advice is but to increase one's own ability.

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

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Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune's always here.

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When a wife has a good husband, it is easily seen on her face.

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The society of women is the element of good manners.

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I believe in God and in nature and in the triumph of good over evil.

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You are certainly wrong to compare suicide ... with great accomplishments, since it cannot be considered as anything but a weakness. After all, it is easier to die than to endure a harrowing life with fortitude.

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What chance gathers, she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.

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A great scholar is seldom a great philosopher.

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Nobody, they say, is a hero to his valet. Of course; for a man must be a hero to understand a hero. The valet, I dare say, has great respect for some person of his own stamp.

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Plants and flowers of the commonest kind can form a pleasing diary, because nothing which calls back to us the remembrance of a happy moment can be insignificant.

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Collectors are happy people.

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The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.

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Austere perseverance, hash and continuous... rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistible greater with time.

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Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.

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Some people spend the day in complaining of a headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it.

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Hatred is a heavy burden. It sinks the heart deep in the breast, and lies like a tombstone on all joys.

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Flowers are the beautiful hieroglyphics of nature with which she indicates how much she loves us.

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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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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love

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If I love you, what business is it of yours?

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What reason would grope for in vain, spontaneous impulse ofttimes achieves at a stroke, with light and pleasureful guidance.

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

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Everything perfect in its kind has to transcend its own kind, it must become something different and incomparable. In some notes the nightingale is still a bird; then it rises above its class and seems to suggest to every winged creature what singing is truly like.

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The worst is that the very hardest thinking will not bring thoughts. They must come like good children of God and cry, "Here we are." You expend effort and energy thinking hard. Then, after you have given up, they come sauntering in with their hands in their pockets. If the effort had not been made to open the door, however, who knows when they could have come.

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Great passions are incurable diseases.

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Mathematics has the completely false reputation of yielding infallible conclusions. Its infallibility is nothing but identity. Two times two is not four, but it is just two times two, and that is what we call four for short. But four is nothing new at all. And thus it goes on and on in its conclusions, except that in the higher formulas the identity fades out of sight.

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Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and the we'll need no other light.

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Light has called forth one organ to become its like, and thus the eye is formed by the light and for the light so that the inner light may emerge to meet the outer light.

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

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There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight.

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Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.

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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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The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.

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It is a mistake for a taciturn, serious-minded woman to marry a jovial man, but not for a serious-minded man to marry a lighthearted woman.

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I have, alas! Philosophy, Medicine, Jurisprudence too, And to my cost Theology, With ardent labor, studied through. And here I stand, with all my lore, Poor fool, no wiser than before.

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Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.

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How can one learn to know oneself? Never by introspection, rather by action.

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Distance... is like futurity. A dim vastness is spread before our souls; the perceptions of our mind are as obscure as those of our vision... But alas! when we have attained our object, when the distant 'there' becomes the present 'here,' all is changed; we are as poor and circumscribed as ever, and our souls still languish for unattainable happiness.

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Thus I reel from desire to fulfillment and in fulfillment languish for desire.

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A life without love, without the presence of the beloved, is nothing but a mere magic-lantern show. We draw out slide after slide, swiftly tiring of each, and pushing it back to make haste for the next.

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The man of understanding finds everything laughable.

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Nature is beneficent. I praise her and all her works. She is silent and wise. She is cunning, but for good ends. She has brought me here and will also lead me away. She may scold me, but she will not hate her work. I trust her.

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By seeking and blundering we learn.

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Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.

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Clever people are always the best conversations lexicon.

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Life is too short to drink bad wine.

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Tis Lilith. Who? Adam's first wife is she. Beware the lure within her lovely tresses, The splendid sole adornment of her hair; When she succeeds therewith a youth to snare, Not soon again she frees him from her jesses.

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Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.

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A person hears only what they understand.

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Man, be he who he may, experiences a last piece of good fortune and a last day. [Ger., Der Mensch erfahrt, er sei auch wer er mag, Ein letztes Gluck und einen letzten Tag.]

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What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner.

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A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.

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Marriage is the beginning and pinnacle of civilization.

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It is sometimes essential for a husband and a wife to quarrel - they get to know each other better.

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For the butterfly, mating and propagation involve the sacrifice of life, for the human being, the sacrifice of beauty.

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So then the year is repeating its old story again. We are come once more, thank God! to its most charming chapter. The violets and the Mayflowers are as its inscriptions or vignettes. It always makes a pleasant impression on us, when we open again at these pages of the book of life.

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I am not omniscient, but I know a lot.

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I had rather be Mercury, the smallest among seven [planets], revolving round the sun, than the first among five [moons] revolving round Saturn.

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Human life runs its course in the metamorphosis between receiving and giving.

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Whoever, in middle age, attempts to realize the wishes and hopes of his early youth, invariably deceives himself. Each ten years of a man's life has its own fortunes, its own hopes, its own desires.

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The greater part of all the mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims.

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If one mistreats citizens of foreign countries, one infringes upon one's duty toward one's own subjects; for thus one exposes themto the law of retribution.

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

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Go to the place where the thing you wish to know is native; your best teacher is there. Where the thing you wish to know is so dominant that you must breathe its very atmosphere, there teaching is moat thorough, and learning is most easy. You acquire a language most readily in the country where it is spoken; you study mineralogy boat among miners; and so with everything else.

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Out of moderation a pure happiness springs.

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Moral epochs have their course as well as the seasons. We can no more hold them fast than we can hold sun, moon, and stars. Our faults perpetually return upon us; and herein lies the subtlest difficulty of self-knowledge.

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The works of Lavoisier and his associates operated upon many of us at that time like the Sun's rising after a night of moonshine: but Chemistry is now betrothed to the Mathematics, and is in consequence grown somewhat shy of her former admirers.

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I am a part of the part that at first was all, part of the darkness that gave birth to the light, that supercilious light which now disputes with Mother Night her ancient rank and space, and yet cannot succeed; no matter how it struggles, it sticks to matter and can't get free. Light flows from substance, makes it beautiful...

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The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.

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Know'st thou the land where the lemon-trees bloom, Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket's gloom, Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows, And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose!

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The style of writing required in the great world is distinguished by a free and daring grace, a careless security, a fine and sharp polish, a delicate and perfect taste; while that fitted for the people is characterized by a vigorous natural fulness, a profound depth of feeling, and an engaging naivete.

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What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

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A leaf that is destined to grow large is full of grooves and wrinkles at the start. Now if one has no patience and wants it smooth offhand like a willow leaf, there is trouble ahead.

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Still this planet's soil for noble deeds grants scope abounding.

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Mathematics can remove no prejudices and soften no obduracy. It has no influence in sweetening the bitter strife of parties, and in the moral world generally its action is perfectly null.

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When the boy begins to understand that the visible point is preceded by an invisible point, that the shortest distance between two points is conceived as a straight line before it is ever drawn with pencil and paper...the fountain of all thought has been opened to him...the philosopher can reveal him nothing new, as a geometrician he has discovered the basis of all thought.

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Yet through delivery orators succeed, I feel that I am far behind indeed.

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With little art, clear wit and sense Suggest their own delivery.

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Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.

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Please send me your last pair of shoes, worn out with dancing as you mentioned in your letter, so that I might have something to press against my heart.

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We are pantheists as natural scientists, polytheists as poets, and monotheists as moral beings.

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Over the trackless past, somewhere, Lie the lost days of our tropic youth, Only regained by faith and prayer, Only recalled by prayer and plaint, Each lost day has its patron saint!

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Whenever I hear people talking about liberal ideas, I am always astounded that men should love to fool themselves with empty sounds. An idea should never be liberal; it must be vigorous, positive, and without loose ends so that it may fulfill its divine mission and be productive.

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Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

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Secrecy has many advantages, for when you tell someone the purpose of any object right away, they often think there is nothing to it.

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Oral delivery aims at persuasion and making the listener believe they are converted. Few persons are capable of being convinced the majority allow themselves to be persuaded.

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Poor fool! in whose petty estimation all things are little.

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It is always a sign of an unproductive time when it concerns itself with petty and technical aspects [in philology], and likewiseit is a sign of an unproductive person to pursue such trifles.

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On the pinnacle of success man does not stand firm long.

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One is never satisfied with the portrait of a person that one knows.

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For what one has in black and white, One can carry home in comfort.

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What dazzles, for the moment spends its spirit; Whats genuine, shall posterity inherit.

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Nothing is more odious than the majority, for it consists of a few powerful leaders, a certain number of accommodating scoundrels and submissive weaklings, and a mass of men who trot after them without thinking, or knowing their own minds.

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Superstition is the poesy of practical life; hence, a poet is none the worse for being superstitious.

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Precaution is better than cure.

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What is predestination? Answer: God is more powerful and wiser than we are, therefore he deals with us according to his pleasure.

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Wishes are premonitions of abilities.

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I never knew a more presumptuous person than myself. The fact that I say that shows that what I say is true.

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Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

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Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.

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He who does not stretch himself according to the coverlet finds his feet uncovered.

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Many young painters would never have taken their pencils in hand if they could have felt, known, and understood, early enough, what really produced a master like Raphael.

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Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. But it's the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others: We are merely born with the capability to do it. The Skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated.

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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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Reality surpasses imagination; and we see, breathing, brightening, and moving before our eyes sights dearer to our hearts than any we ever beheld in the land of sleep.

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A wife is a gift bestowed upon a man to reconcile him to the loss of paradise.

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It is not given to us to grasp the truth, which is identical with the divine, directly. We perceive it only in reflection, in example and symbol, in singular and related appearances. It meets us as a kind of life which is incomprehensible to us, and yet we cannot free ourselves from the desire to comprehend it.

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I think that I am better than the people who are trying to reform me.

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Someone criticized an elderly man for wooing young women. He replied that that was the only way to rejuvenation, which was, afterall, everybody's wish.

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Toleration ought in reality to be merely a transitory mood. It must lead to recognition. To tolerate is to affront.

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The world remains ever the same.

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Rash combat oft immortalizes man; if he should fall, he is renowned in song; but after-ages reckon not the ceaseless tears which the forsaken woman sheds. Poets tell us not of the many nights consumed in weeping, or of the dreary days wherein her anguished soul vainly yearns to call her loved one back.

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I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wants.

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Science has been seriously retarded by the study of what is not worth knowing and of what is not knowable.

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A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government.

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One alone does not help, but rather he who unites with many at the right moment.

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Nothing is more disgusting than the majority: because it consists of a few powerful predecessors, of rogues who adapt themselves, of weak who assimilate themselves, and the masses who imitate without knowing at all what they want.

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Patriotism ruins history.

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Nothing hurts a new truth more than an old errors

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People of a vertain rank will always keep a cool distance from common people, as if they were afraid to lose their dignity by too much familiarity

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The deed is everything, the glory is naught

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There would be far less suffering in the world if human beings-God knows why they are made like this-did not use their imaginations so busily in recalling the memories of past misfortunes, instead of trying to bear an indifferent present

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A collection of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions

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Once I blazed across the sky,Leaving trails of flame;I fell to earth, and here I lie -Who'll help me up again?-A Shooting Star

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Whoso shrinks from ideas ends by having nothing but sensations.

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How many kings are governed by their ministers, how many ministers by their secretaries? Who, in such cases, is really the chief?

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Man muss immer tun, was man nicht lassen kann.

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Begitu anda percaya pada diri anda sendiri,Anda tahu bagaimana harus hidup.

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Donde no hay mujeres no existen los buenos modales

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All that is transitory is but a metaphor.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)

What matters creative endless toil, When, at a snatch, oblivion ends the coil?

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)

Then indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting over lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)

The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)

Pranzammo a Torre Annunziata con la tavola disposta proprio in riva al mare. Tutti coloro erano felici d'abitare in quei luoghi, alcuni affermavano che senza la vista del mare sarebbe impossibile vivere. A me basta che quell'immagine rimanga nel mio spirito.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)

All things are only transitory.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)

Gracious Providence, to whom I owe all my powers, why didst thou not withhold some of those blessings I possess, and substitute in their place a feeling of self-confidence and contentment?

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)

Talent develops in tranquility, character in the full current of human life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and -- if at all possible -- speak a few sensible words.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man's shortcomings are taken from his epoch; his virtues and greatness belong to himself.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)

I know of enough cases in which a close and, as it seemed, indissoluble relationship was annulled by the casual arrival of a third party, and one of the pair, previously joined so beautifully, driven out into empty space.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)

He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)

Du hast so viele Leben, wie du Sprachen sprichst. (You have as many lives as the number of languages you speak.)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Source: SoberSides.com)