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JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
German poet
(1749 - 1832)
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The mob has nothing to lose, everything to gain.
      - [Mob]

The moment men obtain perfect freedom, that moment they erect a stage for the manifestation of their faults. The strong characters begin to go wrong by excess of energy; the weak by remissness of action.
      - [Freedom]

The most original modern authors are not so because they advance what is new, but simply because they know how to put what they have to say, as if it had never been said before.
      - [Authorship]

The old saying is expressed with depth and significance: "On the pinnacle of fortune man does not long stand firm."
      - [Fortune]

The older we grow, the greater become the ordeals.
      - [Aging]

The passions are like those demons with which Afrasahiab sailed down the Orus. Our only safety consists in keeping them asleep. If they we are lost.
      - [Passion]

The present moment is a powerful deity.
      - [Moments : Present]

The public wishes itself to be managed like a woman; one must say nothing to it except what it likes to hear.
      - [Hearing]

The rogue has everywhere the advantage.
      - [Rogues]

The rose is wont with pride to swell, and ever seeks to rise.
      - [Roses]

The sickness of the heart is most easily got rid of by complaining and soothing confidence.
      - [Grief]

The solution of every problem is another problem.
      - [Problems]

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.
      - [Style]

The summit charms us, the steps to it do not; with the heights before our eyes, we like to linger in the plain. It is only a part of art that can be taught; but the artist needs the whole. He who is only half instructed speaks much and is always wrong; who knows it wholly is content with acting and speaks seldom or late.
      - [Art]

The theater has often been at variance with the pulpit; they ought not to quarrel. How much is it to be wished that in both the celebration of nature and of God were intrusted to none but men of noble minds.
      - [Preaching]

The thinker makes a great mistake when he asks after cause and effect. They both together make up the invisible phenomenon.
      - one of his maxims [Science]

The unnatural, that too is natural.
      - [Nature]

The use of a thing !s only a part of its significance. To know anything thoroughly, to have the full command of it in all its appliances, we must study it on its own account, independently of any special application.
      - [Utility]

The useful encourages itself; for the multitude produce it, and no one can dispense with it: the beautiful must be encouraged; for few can set it forth, and many need it.
      - [Beauty]

The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from the artist is to make him ruin his work.
      - [Art]

The world cannot do without great men, but great men are very troublesome to the world.
      - [Greatness]

The world could not exist if it were not simple. This ground has been tilled a thousand years, yet its powers remain ever the same; a little rain, a little sun, and each spring it grows green again.
      - [Simplicity]

The world sees only the reflection of merit; therefore when you come to know a really great man intimately, you may as often find him above as below his reputation.
      - [Popularity]

There are few who have at once thought and capacity for action. Thought expands, but lames; action animates, but narrows.
      - [Thought]

There are three classes of readers; some enjoy without judgment; others judge without enjoyment; and some there are who judge while they enjoy, and enjoy while they judge. The latter class reproduces the work of art on which it is engaged. Its numbers are very small.
      - [Reading]


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