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JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
German poet
(1749 - 1832)
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A clever man commits no minor blunders.
      - [Mistake]

A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.
      - [Truth]

A man doesn't learn to understand anything unless he loves it.
  [Ger., Man lernt nichts kennen also was man liebt.]
      - [Learning : Understanding]

A man is not little when he finds it difficult to cope with circumstances, but when circumstances overmaster him.
      - [Circumstance]

A man may twist as he pleases, and do what he pleases, but he inevitably comes back to the track to which nature has destined him.
      - [Man]

A man who is ignorant of foreign languages is also ignorant of his own language.
      - [Language]

A man's errors are what make him amiable.
      - [Error]

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
      - [Manners]

A man's name is not like a mantle, which merely hangs about him, and which one perchance may safely twitch and pull, but a perfectly fitting garment, which like the skin has grown over and over him, at which one cannot rake and scrape without injuring the man himself.
      - [Names]

A resolution that is communicated is no longer within thy power; thy attentions become now the plaything of chance; he who would have his commands certainly carried out must take man by surprise.
      - [Secrecy]

A school of art or of anything else is to be looked on as a single individual, who keeps talking to himself for a hundred years, and feels an extreme satisfaction with his own circle of favorite ideas, be they ever so silly.
      - [Conceit]

A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.
      - [Teachers]

A vain man can never be altogether rude. Desirous as he is of pleasing, he fashions his manners after those of others.
      - [Vanity]

A well-bred carriage is difficult to imitate; for in strictness it is negative, and it implies a long-continued previous training.
      - [Manners]

A wife is a gift bestowed upon man to reconcile him to the loss of paradise.
      - [Wives]

After fifteen minutes nobody looks at a rainbow.
      - [Beauty]

Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.
      - [Age]

Age makes us not childish, as some say; it finds us still true children.
      - [Age]

Alas, that we should be so unwilling to listen to the still and holy yearnings of the heart! A god whispers quite softly in our breast, softly yet audibly; telling us what we ought to seek and what to shun.
      - [Conscience]

All men would be masters of others, and no man is lord of himself.
      - [Government]

All sects seem to me to be right in what they assert, and wrong in what they deny.
      - [Doctrine]

All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
      - [Thought]

An actor should take lessons from a painter and a sculptor.
      - [Acting]

Art is a severe business; most serious when employed in grand and sacred objects. The artist stands higher than art, higher than the object. He uses art for his purposes, and deals with the object after his own fashion.
      - [Art]

Art is based on a strong sentiment of religion,--on a profound and mighty earnestness; hence it is so prone to co-operate with religion.
      - [Art]


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