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JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
German poet
(1749 - 1832)
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I always had an aversion to your apostles of freedom; each but sought for himself freedom to do what he liked.
      - [Freedom]

I am fully convinced that the soul is indestructible, and that its activity will continue through eternity. It is like the sun, which, to our eyes, seems to set in night; but it has in reality only gone to diffuse its light elsewhere.
      - [Soul]

I am very anxious to please the public, particularly as it lives and lets live.
      - [Public]

I hate all bungling as I do sin, but particularly bungling in politics, which leads to the misery and ruin of many thousands and millions of people.
      - [Politics]

I hate all explanations; they who make them deceive either themselves or the other party,-generally both.
      - [Deceit]

I hate every violent overthrow, because as much is destroyed as is gained by it.
      - [Rebellion]

I have observed that as long as one lives and bestirs himself, he can always find food and raiment, though it may not be of the choicest description.
      - [Industry]

I put no account on him who esteems himself just as the popular breath may chance to raise him.
      - [Popularity]

I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all the mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own alms. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.
      - [Wishes]

I reverence the individual who understands distinctly what he wishes; who unweariedly advances, who knows the means conducive to his object, and can seize and use them.
      - [Decision]

I will be lord over myself.
      - [Self-control]

I will listen to any one's convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself.
      - [Conviction]

I will not be as those who spend the day in complaining of headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it.
      - [Complaining]

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

If the world does improve on the whole, yet youth must always begin anew, and go through the stages of culture from the beginning.
      - [Youth]

If thou wouldst hear what seemly is and fit, inquire of noble woman; they can tell, who in life's common usage hold their place by graceful deed and aptly chosen word.
      - [Women]

If you have any faith, give me, for heaven's sake, a share of it! Your doubts you may keep to yourself, for I have a plenty of my own.
      - [Faith]

If you start to think about your physical or moral condition, you usually find that you are sick.
      - [Self]

If you would create something, you must be something.
      - [Originality]

Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.
      - [Ignorance]

Ill-humor is nothing more than an inward feeling of our own want of merit, a dissatisfaction with ourselves which is always united with an envy that foolish vanity excites.
      - [Ills]

In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
      - [Hope]

In art, to express the infinite one should suggest infinitely more than is expressed.
      - [Art]

In every artist there is a touch of audacity without which no talent is conceivable.
      - [Artists]

In peace patriotism really consists only in this--that every one sweeps before his own door, minds his own business, also learns his own lesson, that it may be well with him in his own house.
      - [Patriotism]


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