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German poet
(1749 - 1832)
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From inaccessible mountain range by way of desert untrod by human foot to the ends of the unknown seas, the breath of the everlasting creative spirit is felt, rejoicing over every speck of dust that hearkens to it and lives.
      - [Creativity]

Generally speaking, an author's style is a faithful copy of his mind. If you would write a lucid style, let there first be light in your own mind; and if you would write a grand style, you ought to have a grand character.
      - [Style]

Genius develops in quiet places, character out in the full current of human life.
      - [Genius]

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.
      - [Teaching]

Gray is the color of all theory.
      - [Gray]

Great necessity elevates man, petty necessity casts him down.
      - [Necessity]

Great passions are incurable diseases.
      - [Passion]

Great possessions and great want of them are both strong temptations.
      - [Temptation]

Habit is the most imperious of all masters.
      - [Habit]

Happy the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and his powers!
      - [Desire]

Hatred is active, and envy passive disgust; there is but one step from envy to hate.
      - [Hatred]

He alone deserves liberty and life who daily must win them anew.
      - [Liberty]

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

He only earns his freedom and his life who takes them every day by storm.
      - [Gain]

He who cannot love must learn to flatter.
      - [Love]

He who has art and science also has religion, but those who do not have them better have religion.
      - [Religion]

He who is resolute conquers grief.
      - [Grief]

He who is wise puts aside all claims which may dissipate his attention, and confining himself to one branch excels in that.
      - [Unselfishness]

He who only tastes his error will long dwell with it, will take delight in it as in a singular felicity; while he who drains it to the dregs will, if he be not crazy, find it to be what it is.
      - [Error]

He who rests satisfied in merely defending himself against sarcasm and is always a loser.
      - [Sarcasm]

He who would reproach an author for obscurity should look into his own mind to see whether it is quite clear there. In the dusk the plainest writing is illegible.
      - [Critics]

How circumscribed is woman's destiny!
      - [Destiny]

How happy he who can still hope to lift himself from this sea of error! What we know not, that we are anxious to possess, and cannot use what we know.
      - [Error]

How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never; but only through action. Strive to do thy duty; then shalt thou know what is in thee.
      - [Self-examination]

Humor is one of the elements of genius--admirable as an adjunct; but as soon as it becomes dominant, only a surrogate for genius.
      - [Humor]

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