Quotations From JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

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  • 61.
    As soon as you are in a social setting, you better take away the key to the lock of your heart and pocket it; those who leave the key in the lock are fools.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter, June 26, 1774, to Johann Kaspar Lavatar.

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  • 62.
    What matters in art is not thinking but making.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Italian Journey, part II, Rome, July 5, 1787 (1829).
  • 63.
    Stones are mute teachers; they silence the observer, and the most valuable lesson we learn from them we cannot communicate.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, from Makarie's Archive (1829).

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  • 64.
    Only that type of story deserves to be called moral that shows us that one has the power within oneself to act, out of the conviction that there is something better, even against one's own inclination.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. The cleric, in Conversations of German Emigrants (1795).

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  • 65.
    Whatever liberates our spirit, without also giving us mastery over ourselves, is destructive.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).
  • 66.
    When young one is confident to be able to build palaces for mankind, but when the time comes one has one's hands full just to be able to remove their trash.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter, March 6, 1780, to Johann Kaspar Lavatar.

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  • 67.
    Thus one can observe that those who proclaim piety as their goal and purpose usually turn into hypocrites.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).
  • 68.
    We cannot and must not get rid of nor deny our characteristics. But we can give them shape and direction.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • 69.
    The greatest happiness for the thinking person is to have explored the explorable and to venerate in equanimity that which cannot be explored.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).

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  • 70.
    Each one of us must carry within the proof of immortality, it cannot be given from outside of us. To be sure, everything in nature is change but behind the change there is something eternal.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Friedrich von Müller (May 5, 1822).

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