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Quotations From JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

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  • 131.
    Certain books seem to have been written not for the purpose that we learn something from them but that we know that the author was a knowledgeable person.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, III, 1 (1821).
  • 132.
    Someone criticized an elderly man for wooing young women. He replied that that was the only way to rejuvenation, which was, after all, everybody's wish.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elective Affinities, bk. II, ch. 4, from Ottilie's Diary (1809).

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  • 133.
    When translating one must proceed up to the intranslatable; only then one becomes aware of the foreign nation and the foreign tongue.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • 134.
    The true, prescriptive artist strives after artistic truth; the lawless artist, following blind instinct, after an appearance of naturalness. The one leads to the highest peaks of art, the other to its lowest depths.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propyläen, introduction (1798). A periodical founded by Goethe, taking its title from the gateway to the Acropolis of Athens.

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  • 135.
    One errs as long as one strives.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Faust I, Prologue in Heaven (1808).
  • 136.
    So as to comprehend that the sky is blue everywhere one doesn't need to travel around the world.
    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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  • 137.
    Hatred is partial, but love is still more so.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elective Affinities, bk. I, ch. 13 (1809).

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  • 138.
    The true poet is called to take in the splendor of the world and for that reason will always be inclined to praise rather than to find fault.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. West-East Divan, Dachelsleddin Rumi (1819).

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  • 139.
    What right those who govern have to govern they don't question, they just govern. Whether the people have a right to depose them that doesn't concern them. All they are concerned with is that the people will not be tempted to depose them.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, from Makarie's Archive (1829).

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  • 140.
    The dignity of art probably appears most eminently with music since it does not have any material that needs to be discounted. Music is all form and content and elevates and ennobles everything that it expresses.
    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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