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

Doubt grows with knowledge.


Love does not dominate; it cultivates.


Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.


As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.


I think that I am better than the people who are trying to reform me.


A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.


Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.


Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done.


Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.


One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.


We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.


If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy.


What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.


The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.


The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.


If you start to think of your physical and moral condition, you usually find that you are sick.


He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.


Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.


Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.


Mastery passes often for egotism.


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