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JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
German poet
(1749 - 1832)
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No one would talk much in society, if he knew how often he misunderstands others.
      - [Misunderstanding]

No wonder we are all more or less pleased with mediocrity, since it leaves us at rest, and gives the same comfortable feeling as when one associates with his equals.
      - [Conceit]

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.
      - [Heroes]

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
      - [Freedom]

Nothing hurts a new truth more than an old error.
      - [Error]

Nothing is more terrible than active ignorance.
      - [Action : Ignorance]

Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
      - [Action : Ignorance]

Nothing is so atrocious as fancy without taste.
      - [Fancy]

Nothing is worth more than this day.
      - [Today]

Oesser taught me that the ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquillity.
      - [Beauty]

Of all thieves, fools are the worst; they rob you of time and temper.
      - [Fools]

Of the book of books most wondrous is the tender book of love.
      - [Love]

Old age is never honored among us, but only indulged, as childhood is; and old men lose one of the most precious rights of man,--that of being judged by their peers.
      - [Age]

On all the peaks lies peace.
      - [Mountains]

Once you have missed the first buttonhole you'll never manage to button up.
      - [Mistake]

One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.
      - [Time]

One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.
      - [Learning]

One is led astray alike by sympathy and coldness, by praise and by blame.
      - [Self]

One man's word is no man's word; we should quietly hear both sides.
      - [Justice]

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
      - [Taste]

Originality provokes originality.
      - [Proverbs]

Our hands we open of our own free will, and the good flies, which we can never recall.
      - [Benevolence]

Our virtues and view spring from one root.
      - [Virtue]

Pain and pleasure, good and evil, come to us from unexpected sources. It is not there where we have gathered up our brightest hopes, that the dawn of happiness breaks. It is not there where we have glanced our eye with affright, that we find the deadliest gloom. What should this teach us? To bow to the great and only Source of light, and live humbly and with confiding resignation.
      - [Resignation]

Passions are defects or virtues in the highest power.
      - [Passion]


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