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Quotations From JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

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  • 151.
    One must not criticize that which is common since it remains always the same.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, V, 3 (1826).
  • 152.
    And we went our separate ways without having understood each other. As in this world nobody understands the other easily.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. The Sorrow of Young Werther, first book, August 12 (1774).

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  • 153.
    Superstition belongs to the essence of mankind and takes refuge, when one thinks one has suppressed it completely, in the strangest nooks and crannies; once it is safely ensconced there, it suddenly reappears.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).
  • 154.
    If we are out of synch with ourselves, everything is out of synch for us.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. The Sorrows of Young Werther, bk. I, August 22 (1774).
  • 155.
    If one mistreats citizens of foreign countries, one infringes upon one's duty toward one's own subjects; for thus one exposes them to the law of retribution.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elisabeth, in Götz von Berlichingen, act I, Götz's castle (1771).
  • 156.
    The older I get the more I trust in the law according to which the rose and the lily bloom.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter, November 9, 1829, to Karl Friedrich Zelter.

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  • 157.
    Mankind? That is an abstraction. There have always been and always will be only individuals.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Heinrich Luden (August 19, 1806).
  • 158.
    To become aware in time when young of the advantages of age; to maintain the advantages of youth in old age: both are pure fortune.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).

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  • 159.
    Aptitudes are assumed, they should become accomplishments. That is the purpose of all education.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. the assistant teacher in Elective Affinities, bk. 1, ch. 5 (1809).

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  • 160.
    All poetry is supposed to be instructive but in an unnoticeable manner; it is supposed to make us aware of what it would be valuable to instruct ourselves in; we must deduce the lesson on our own, just as with life.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter to Zelter (November 26, 1825).

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