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  • 91.
    If youth is a fault, it is one that one gets rid of soon enough.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • 92.
    Love, whose power youth feels, is not suitable for the elderly, just as little as anything that presupposes productivity. It is rare that productivity lasts through the years.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, VI, 1 (1827).

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  • 93.
    Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).

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  • 94.
    No two people see the world exactly alike, and different temperaments will often apply the same principle, recognized by both, differently. Even one and the same person won't always maintain the same views and judgments: earlier convictions must give way to later ones.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propylaea, introduction (1798).

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  • 95.
    One is never satisfied with a portrait of persons whom one knows. That is why I have always pitied portraitists. One demands so seldom of others the impossible, but demands just that of the portraitists.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elective Affinities, bk. II, ch. 2, from Ottilie's Diary (1809).
  • 96.
    We gladly put antiquity above our age but not posterity. Only a father doesn't begrudge his son's talent.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, V, 3 (1826).

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  • 97.
    Sameness leaves us in peace but it is contradiction that makes us productive.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (March 28, 1827).

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  • 98.
    Ingratitude is always a sign of weakness. I have never observed that accomplished people were ungrateful.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, IV, 2 (1823).

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  • 99.
    If society gives up the right to impose the death penalty, then self help will appear again and personal vendettas will be around the corner.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, from Makarie's Archive (1829).

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  • 100.
    There are but few who have ideas and are, at the same time, capable of action. Ideas enlarge but stymie, action enlivens but confines.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. VIII, ch. 5 (1795-1796).

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