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Quotations by author » Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German Playwright, Poet, Novelist and Dramatist. 1749-1832
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For this reason the Bible is a book of eternal and effective power; because, as long as the world lasts, no one will say: I comprehend it in the whole and understand it in the particular. Rather we must modestly say it on the whole it is venerable, and in the particular practical.
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Freedom consists not in refusing to recognize anything above us, but in respecting something which is above us; for by respecting it, we raise ourselves to it, and, by our very acknowledgment, prove that we bear within ourselves what is higher, and are worthy to be on a level with it
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Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
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From inaccessible mountain range by way of desert untrod by human foot to the ends of the unknown seas, the breath of the everlasting creative spirit is felt, rejoicing over every speck of dust that hearkens to it and lives
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Genius develops in quiet places, character out in the full current of human life
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Genius is formed in quiet, character in the stream of human life
Genius
Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.
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Give me the benefit of your convictions, if you have any; but keep your doubts to yourself, for I have enough of my own.
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Giving is the business of the rich.
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God could cause us considerable embarrassment by revealing all the secrets of nature to us: we should not know what to do for sheer apathy and boredom.
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Gray is the color of all theory
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Great endowments often announce themselves in youth in the form of singularity and awkwardness.
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Great necessity elevates man, petty necessity casts him down
Necessity
Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.
Happiness
Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.
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Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.
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He alone deserves liberty and life who daily must win them anew
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He alone is great and happy who requires neither to command nor to obey in order to secure his being of some importance in this world
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He is dead in this world who has no belief in another.
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He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
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