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German poet
(1749 - 1832)
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What in us the women leave uncultivated, children cultivate when we retain them near us.
      - [Children]

What is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.
      - [Self-control]

What is the true test of character, unless it be its progressive development in the bustle and turmoil, in the action and reaction of daily life?
      - [Character]

What makes poetry? A full heart, brimful of one noble passion.
      - [Poetry]

What men usually say of misfortunes, that they never come alone, may with equal truth be said of good fortune; nay, of other circumstances which gather round us in a harmonious way, whether it arise from a kind of fatality, or that man has the power of attracting to himself things that are mutually related.
      - [Fortune]

What reason would grope for in vain, spontaneous impulse ofttimes achieves at a stroke, with light and pleasureful guidance.
      - [Impulse]

What sort of faults may we retain, nay, even cherish in ourselves? Those faults which are rather pleasant than offensive to others.
      - [Faults]

What we wish for in youth comes in heaps to us in old age.
      - [Desire]

Whatever can be known of the heart of man may be found in Shakespeare's plays.
      - [Shakespeare]

Whatever we may say against such collections, which present authors in a disjointed form, they nevertheless bring about many excellent results. We are not always so composed, so full of wisdom, that we are able to take in at once the whole scope of a work according to its merits. Do we not mark in a book passages which seem to have a direct reference to ourselves? Young people especially, who have failed in acquiring a complete cultivation of mind, are roused in a praiseworthy way by brilliant passages.
      - [Quotations]

Whatever we think out, whatever we take in hand to do, should be perfectly and finally finished, that the world, if it must alter, will only have to spoil it; we have then nothing to do but unite the severed, to recollect and restore the dismembered.
      - [Decision]

Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.
      - [Understanding]

When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
      - [Words]

When two men quarrel, who owns the cooler head is the more to blame.
      - [Quarrels]

When we see the many grave-stones which have fallen in, which have been defaced by the footsteps of the congregation, which lie buried under the ruins of the churches, that have themselves crumbled together over them; we may fancy the life after death to be as a second life, into which man enters in the figure, or the picture or the inscription, and lives longer there than when he was really alive. But this figure also, this second existence, dies out too, sooner or later. Time will not allow himself to be cheated of his rights with the monuments of men or with themselves.
      - [Monuments]

When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
      - [Man]

When you praise someone you call yourself his equal.
      - [Praise]

Where a man has a passion for meditating without the capacity of thinking, a particular idea fixes itself fast, and soon creates a mental disease.
      - [Meditation]

Where confidence is wanting, the most beautiful flower in the garland of love is missing.
      - [Love]

Which is the best government? That which teaches self-government.
      - [Government]

Woe to falsehood! it affords no relief to the breast, like truth; it gives us no comfort, pains him who forges it, and like an arrow directed by a god flies back and wounds the archer.
      - [Falsehood]

Woman is mistress of the art of completely imbittering the life of the person on whom she depends.
      - [Women]

Wood burns because it has the proper stuff for that purpose in it; and a man becomes renowned because he has the necessary stuff in him. Renown is not to be sought, and all pursuit of it is vain. A person may, indeed, by skillful conduct and various artificial means, make a sort of name for himself; but if the inner jewel is wanting, all is vanity, and will not last a day.
      - [Glory]

Words are good, but there is something better. The best is not to be explained by words. The spirit in which we act is the chief matter. Action can only be understood and represented by the spirit. No one knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly, but of what is wrong we are always conscious.
      - [Action]

Wouldst thou ever roam abroad? See, what is good lies by thy side. Only learn to catch happiness, for happiness is ever by you.
      - [Happiness]

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