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JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
German poet
(1749 - 1832)
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There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From it springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.
      - [Courtesy]

There is a politeness of the heart; this is closely allied to love.
      - [Politeness]

There is but one poetry,--true poetry.
      - [Truth]

There is no more lovely worship of God than that for which no image is required, but which springs up in our breast spontaneously when nature speaks to the soul, and the soul speaks to nature face to face.
      - [Nature]

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
      - [Subordination]

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
      - [Thought]

Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.
      - [Thinking]

This world could not exist if it were not so simple. The 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.
      - [Nature]

Those only who know little, can be said to know anything. The greater the knowledge the greater the doubt.
      - [Knowledge]

Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.
      - [Immortality]

Those who make use of devotion as a means and end generally are hypocrites.
      - [Devotion]

Thou art in the end what thou art. Put on wigs with millions of curls, set thy foot upon ell-high rocks. Thou abidest ever--what thou art.
      - [Individuality]

Thou hollow skull! what meanings lurk
  Beneath that grin? 'tis but to say
    Thy brain like mine was once at work
      With thoughts that led thee far astray;
        Longing for truth, you sought the day's clear light,
          But miserably stray'd in gloom and night.
      - [Skulls]

Thou tremblest before anticipated ills, and still bemoanest what thou never losest.
      - [Anticipation]

Time does not relinquish its rights, either over human beings or over mountains.
      - [Time]

To accept good advice is but to increase one's own ability.
      - [Advice]

To act is easy; to think is hard.
      - [Action]

To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be torn from us.
      - [Appreciation]

To be active is the primary vocation of man.
      - [Action]

To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state.
      - [Limits]

To make a young couple love each other, it is only necessary to oppose and separate them.
      - [Opposition]

To me the external existence of my soul is proved from my idea of activity. If I work incessantly until my death, nature will give me another form of existence when the present can no longer sustain my spirit.
      - [Soul]

To measure up to all that is demanded of him, a man must overestimate his capacities.
      - [Capacity]

To the man of thought almost nothing is really ridiculous.
      - [Ridicule]

To understand that the sky is everywhere blue, we need not go round the world.
      - [Sky]


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