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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



    In art the best is good enough.

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    Personality is everything in art and poetry.

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    The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.

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    Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

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    The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.

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    Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.

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    All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.

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    Love does not dominate; it cultivates.

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

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    One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.

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    Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.

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    Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.

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    Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.

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    Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

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    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.

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    Character develops itself in the stream of life.

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    People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.

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    The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.

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    What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.

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    Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.

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    We are forced to participate in the games of life before we can possibly learn how to use the options in the rules governing them.

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    Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this

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    Plunge boldly into the thick of life!

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    Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together

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    I love those who yearn for the impossible.

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    Doubt grows with knowledge.

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    For the nature of women is closely allied to art

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    One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.

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    He who does not feel his friends to be the world to him, does not deserve that the world should hear of him.

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    What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

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    This is the true measure of love: When we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will ever love in the same way after us

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    Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own.

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    For this reason the Bible is a book of eternal and effective power; because, as long as the world lasts, no one will say: I comprehend it in the whole and understand it in the particular. Rather we must modestly say it on the whole it is venerable, and in the particular practical.

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    All that is noble is in itself of a quiet nature, and appears to sleep until it is aroused and summoned forth by contrast.

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    To rule is easy, to govern difficult.

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    The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.

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    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

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    The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

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    We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

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    To be loved for what one is, is the greatest exception. The great majority love in others only what they lend him, their own selves, their version of him.

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    What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.

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    Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.

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    The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.

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    Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.

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    Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds.

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    If I love you, what does that matter to you!

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    Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished

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    Nature has neither kernel nor shell; she is everything at once

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    First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.

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