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

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.


All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.


An unused life is an early death.


Live dangerously and you live right.


A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.


Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.


The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.


One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.


Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.


If your treat an individual... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.


Age merely shows what children we remain.


To rule is easy, to govern difficult.


We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright.


The human mind will not be confined to any limits.


Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.


Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.


A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.


It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.


I will listen to anyone's convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself.


This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.


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