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JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
German poet
(1749 - 1832)
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Man believes himself always greater than he is, and is esteemed less than he is worth.
      - [Conceit]

Man can only endure a certain degree of unhappiness; what is beyond that either annihilates him or passes by him and leaves him apathetic.
      - [Unhappiness]

Man cannot persist long in a conscious state, he must throw himself back into the unconscious, for his root lives there.
      - [Consciousness]

Man errs as long as he strives.
      - [Error]

Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe; but to find out what he has to do, and to restrain himself within the limits of his comprehension.
      - [Sentiment]

Man supposes that he directs his life and governs his actions, when his existence is irretrievably under the control of destiny.
      - [Destiny]

Mannerism is always longing to have done, and has no true enjoyment in work. A genuine, really great talent, on the other hand, has its greatest happiness in execution.
      - [Style]

Manners form the great charm of women.
      - [Manners]

Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.
      - [Money]

Many young painters would never have taken their pencils in hand if they could have felt, known, and understood, early enough, what really produced a master like Raphael.
      - [Art]

Mastery is often taken for egotism.
      - [Masters]

Mediocrity has no greater consolation than in the thought that genius is not immortal.
      - [Mediocrity]

Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.
      - [Imitation]

Men possessing small souls are generally the authors of great evils.
      - [Soul]

Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable.
      - [Laughter]

Miracle is the pet child of faith.
      - [Miracles]

Moral epochs have their course as well as the seasons. We can no more hold them fast than we can hold sun, moon, and stars. Our faults perpetually return upon us; and herein lies the subtlest difficulty of self-knowledge.
      - [Faults]

More light!
  [Ger., Mehr Licht!]
      - said to be his last words [Light]

Music, in the best sense, does not require novelty; nay, the older it is, and the more we are accustomed to it, the greater its effect.
      - [Music]

Mysteries are not necessarily miracles.
      - [Mystery]

National hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent in the lowest degree of culture.
      - [Hatred]

Nature goes on her way, and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order.
      - [Chance]

Nature has neither kernel nor shell; she is everything at once.
      - [Nature]

Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.
      - [Nature]

Necessity is cruel, but it is the only test of inward strength. Every fool may live according to his own likings.
      - [Necessity]


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