Quotations From JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

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  • 31.
    Where there is plenty of light there is strong shadow.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Philine, in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, act I, Götz's castle (1771).

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  • 32.
    If we take people only as they are, then we make them worse; if we treat them as if they were what they should be, then we bring them to where they can be brought.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Natalie, in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. VIII, ch. 4 (1795-1796).

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  • 33.
    Reason looks at necessity as the basis of the world; reason is able to turn chance in your favor and use it. Only by having reason remain strong and unshakable can we be called a god of the earth.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. the Abbé, in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. I, ch. 17 (1795-1796).

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  • 34.
    Two souls, alas! reside within my breast.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Faust, in Faust, pt. 1, ch. 2, "Before The City Gate," l. 1112 (1808), trans. by Bayard Taylor (1870-1871).
  • 35.
    The world is for thousands a freak show; the images flicker past and vanish; the impressions remain flat and unconnected in the soul. Thus they are easily led by the opinions of others, are content to let their impressions be shuffled and rearranged and evaluated differently.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. "Third Pilgrimage to Erwin's Grave," Aus Goethes Brieftasche (1776).

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  • 36.
    It is a maxim of wise government to treat people not as they should be but as they actually are.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter to H. Stephani (June, 1792).

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  • 37.
    All of us, just because we are able to talk, also believe we are able to talk about language.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, V, 1 (1824).

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  • 38.
    A stated truth loses its grace, but a repeated error appears insipid and ridiculous.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Materials for the History of the Theory of Color, sect. 6, Newton's Personality (1810).

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  • 39.
    We really learn only from those books that we cannot judge. The author of a book that we were able to judge would have to learn from us.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, V, 3 (1826).
  • 40.
    Very few people love others for what they are; rather, they love what they lend them, their own selves, their own idea of them.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich Wilhelm Rieder (1803-1814).

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