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

Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home.


Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.


Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.


The right man is the one who seizes the moment.


We don't get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like.


The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.


None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.


He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it.


Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.


Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.

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If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.


The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.


There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables.


Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.


Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.


Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.


In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm... in the real world all rests on perseverance.


If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.


Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.


For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.


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