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|Quotations by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe|
|Whatever you can do, or dream - Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.|
Most men are of limited faculties - Most men, even the most accomplished, are of limited faculties; every one sets a value on certain qualities in himself and others: these alone he is willing to favor, these alone will he have cultivated.
Peace at home - He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
How can we learn to know ourselves? - How can we learn to know ourselves? By reflection, never, but by our actions. Attempt to do your duty, and you will immediately find what is in you.
How easily we may be dispensed with in the world - We cannot too soon convince ourselves how easily we may be dispensed with in the world. What important personages we imagine ourselves to be! We think that we alone are the life of the circle in which we move; in our absence, we fancy that life, existence, breath will come to a general pause, and, alas, the gap which we leave is scarcely perceptible, so quickly is it filled again; nay, it is often the place, if not of something better, at least for something more agreeable.
It is not enough to know; we must a - It is not enough to know; we must apply what we know. It is not enough to will; we must also act.
Med deride what they do not understand - We are accustomed to see men deride what they do not understand, and snarl at the good and beautiful because it lies beyond their sympathies.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude - Talents are best nurtured in solitude; character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
A pedant who demands authority for everything - Authority - the fact, namely, that something has already happened or been said or decided, is of great value; but it is only a pedant who demands authority for everything.
If you treat an individual as he is - If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
A name is not like a mantle - A man's name is not like a mantle, which merely hangs about him, and which one perchance may safely twitch and pull, but a perfectly fitting garment, which like the skin has grown over and over him, at which one cannot rake and scrape without injuring the man himself.
Middle age self-deception - Whoever, in middle age, attempts to realize the wishes and hopes of his early youth, invariably deceives himself.
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