Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832 / Frankfurt am Main)

Rules For Monarchs - Poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

IF men are never their thoughts to employ,
Take care to provide them a life full of joy;
But if to some profit and use thou wouldst bend them,
Take care to shear them, and then defend them.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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