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JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
German poet
(1749 - 1832)
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True religion teaches us to reverence what is under us, to recognize humility and poverty, and, despite mockery and disgrace, wretchedness, suffering, and death, as things divine.
      - [Religion]

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

Unlike grownups, children have little need to deceive themselves.
      - [Children]

Unlimited activity, of whatever kind, must end in bankruptcy.
      - [Moderation]

Viewed from the summit of reason, all life looks like a malignant disease and the world like a madhouse.
      - [World]

We are accustomed to see men deride what they do not understand; and snarl at the good and beautiful because it lies beyond their sympathies.
      - [Appreciation]

We are not all equal, nor can we be so.
      - [Equality]

We are our own aptest deceiver.
      - [Deceit]

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
      - [Love]

We are surrounded by abysses, but the greatest of all depths is in our own heart, and an irresistible leaning leads us there. Draw thyself from thyself!
      - [Temptation]

We are too good for pure instinct.
      - [Instinct]

We can offer up much in the large, but to make sacrifices in little things is what we are seldom equal to.
      - [Sacrifice]

We can really respect a man only if he doesn't always look out for himself.
      - [Respect]

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

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

We learn to treasure what is above this earth; we long for revelation, which nowhere burns more purely and more beautifully than in the New Testament.
      - [Aspiration]

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.
      - [Girlhood]

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
      - [Change]

We must be young to do great things.
      - [Youth]

We must not take the faults of our youth into our old age; for old age brings with it its own defects.
      - [Age]

We should treat children as God does us, who makes us happiest when He leaves us under the influence of innocent delusions.
      - [Childhood : Children]

Were not the eye made to receive the rays of the sun, it could not behold the sun; if the peculiar power of God lay not in us, how could the godlike charm us?
      - [Appreciation]

What do people mean when they talk about unhappiness? It is not so much unhappiness as impatience that from time to time possesses men, and then they choose to call themselves miserable.
      - [Unhappiness]

What have the Germans gained by their boasted freedom of the press, except the liberty of abusing each other as they like?
      - [Printing]

What I possess I would gladly retain; change amuses the mind, yet scarcely profits.
      - [Change]


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