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Quotations From JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE


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  • The errors of the observer come from the qualities of the human mind.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • The eternal feminine draws us up.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Chorus Mysticus in Faust II, Act 5, Mountain Gorges (1832).
  • Our wishes are presentiments of the abilities that lie in us, harbingers of what we will be able to accomplish.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Autobiography. Poetry and Truth. part II, bk. 9 (1814).
  • If you are convinced of a matter, you must take sides or you don't deserve to succeed.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propylaea, introduction (1798).
  • That is the way of youth and life in general: that we do not understand the strategy until after the campaign is over.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Autobiography. Poetry and Truth, part IV, bk. 20 (posthumous).

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  • He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propyläen, introduction (1798). This periodical, founded by Goethe, took its title from the gateway to the Acropolis of Athens.
  • What's it to you if I love you?
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Philine, in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. IV, ch. 9 (1795-1796).

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  • Translators can be considered as busy matchmakers who praise as extremely desirable a half-veiled beauty. They arouse an irresistible yearning for the original.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, V, 3 (1826).

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  • We said that the history of mankind depicts man; in the same way one can maintain that the history of science is science itself.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. On the Theory of Color, preface (1810).

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  • One would give plenty of almonds if one had eyes to see the beauty of a receiving hand.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).

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