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

It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.


If I love you, what business is it of yours?


We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.


Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.


There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.


The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.


Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.


Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.


Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.


Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.


To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform.


It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.


Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.


A useless life is an early death.


A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.


No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.


Character develops itself in the stream of life.


Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.


Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.


Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.


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