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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
August 28, 1749 - March 22, 1832
Nationality: German
Category: Poet
Subcategory: German Poet

Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.


The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.


We are never further from what we wish than when we believe that we have what we wished for.


I never knew a more presumptuous person than myself. The fact that I say that shows that what I say is true.


A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.


Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.


Every step of life shows much caution is required.


Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?


Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.


If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.


We will burn that bridge when we come to it.


No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.


Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.


Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.


Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.


Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.


There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.


Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.


In art the best is good enough.


If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.


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