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Quotations From JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

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  • 71.
    We can most safely achieve truly universal tolerance when we respect that which is characteristic in the individual and in nations, clinging, though, to the conviction that the truly meritorious is unique by belonging to all of mankind.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter to Thomas Carlyle (July 20, 1827).

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  • 72.
    Nature is, after all, the only book that offers important content on every page.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Italian Journey, part I, Naples, March 9, 1787 (1817).

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  • 73.
    One doesn't look at a rainbow any longer that lasts a quarter of an hour.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, III, 1 (1821).

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  • 74.
    In politics people throw themselves, as on a sickbed, from one side to the other in the belief they will lie more comfortably.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich von Müller (December 29, 1825).

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  • 75.
    I curse all negative purism that tells me not to use a word from another language that either expresses something that my own language cannot or does that in a more delicate manner.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • 76.
    Even though the world as a whole progresses, youth must always start again from the beginning, and as individuals go through the epochs of the world's culture.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (January 17, 1827).

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  • 77.
    Experiments are mediators between nature and idea.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).

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  • 78.
    Artists have a double relationship towards nature: they are her master and her slave at the same time. They are her slave in so far as they must work with means of this world so as to be understood; her master in so far as they subject these means to their higher goals and make them subservient to them.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (April 18, 1827).

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  • 79.
    The day is for mistake and error, sequence of time for success and carrying out. The one who anticipates is master of the day.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).

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  • 80.
    It is always a sign of an unproductive time when it concerns itself with petty and technical aspects [in philology], and likewise it is a sign of an unproductive person to pursue such trifles.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (February 11, 1831).

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