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Quotations From JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE


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  • What you desire when young, you have in abundance when old.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Autobiography. Poetry and Truth, motto of the second part (1814).
  • Our foibles are really what make us lovable.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich Wilhelm Riemer (May 17, 1807).
  • Music at its best is not in need of novelty; indeed, the older it is, the more one is accustomed to it, the stronger its effect.
    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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  • To be sure, we have inherited abilities, but our development we owe to thousands of influences coming from the world around us from which we appropriate what we can and what is suitable to us.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (December 16, 1828).

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  • All one needs to do is declare oneself free and one will immediately feel dependent. If you dare to declare yourself dependent, you feel independent.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elective Affinities, bk. II, ch. 5, from Ottilie's Diary (1809).
  • It doesn't behoove elderly persons to follow fashion in their thinking nor in the way they dress.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • I come more and more to the conclusion that one must take the side of the minority which is always the more intelligent one.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich von Müller (March 6, 1828).
  • The safest thing is always to try to convert everything that is in us and around us into action; let the others talk and argue about it as they please.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter to Zelter (October 30, 1828).
  • Paternity is based anyhow only upon conviction: I am convinced, therefore, I am the father.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm, in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. VIII, ch. 6 (1795-1796).

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  • The eye doesn't see any shapes, it sees only what is differentiated through light and dark or through colors.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).

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