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Quotations From JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

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  • 101.
    What is part of you, you cannot get rid of, even if you were to throw it away.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, from Makarie's Archive (1829).
  • 102.
    True works of art contain their own theory and give us the measurement according to which we should judge them.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter, November 14, 1808, to Johann Friedrich Cotta.
  • 103.
    So divinely is the world organized that every one of us, in our place and time, is in balance with everything else.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich Wilhelm Riemer (July 3, 1810).

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  • 104.
    Tolerance should really be only a temporary attitude; it must lead to recognition. To tolerate means to offend.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • 105.
    The question "From where does the poet get it?" addresses only the what, nobody learns anything about the how when asking that question.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).
  • 106.
    For usually people resist as long as they can to dismiss the fool they harbor in their bosom, they resist to confess a major mistake or to admit a truth that makes them despair.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. II, ch. 2 (1795-1796).

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  • 107.
    A leaf that is supposed to grow is full of wrinkles and creases before it develops; if one doesn't have the patience and wants the leaf to be as smooth as a willow leaf from the start, then there is a problem.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter to Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (September 9, 1788).
  • 108.
    We don't get to know people when they come to us; we have to go to them so as to learn what they are like.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elective Affinities, bk. II, ch. 5, from Ottilie's Diary (1809).

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  • 109.
    The miller believes that all the wheat grows so that his mill keeps running.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, III (1821).

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  • 110.
    Normally, people believe that, if they hear just words, that these words must lead to some thought.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Mephistopheles, in Faust I, Witch's Kitchen scene (1808).

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