Quotations From JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

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  • 41.
    It is better for you to suffer an injustice than for the world to be without law. Therefore, let everyone submit to the law.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).

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  • 42.
    The deed is everything, the glory naught.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Faust, in Faust, pt. 2, act 4, sc. 1, "High Mountains," (1832), trans. by Bayard Taylor (1870-1871).
  • 43.
    To be sure, a good work of art can and will have moral consequences, but to demand of the artists moral intentions, means ruining their craft.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Autobiography. Poetry and Truth, part III, bk. 12 (1814).

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  • 44.
    Thinking is more interesting than knowledge but not than looking.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, from Makarie's Archive (1829).
  • 45.
    Patriotism ruins history.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Friedrich Wilhelm Riemer (July, 1817).

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  • 46.
    Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Serlo, in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. 5, ch. 1 (1795-1796), trans. by Thomas Carlyle.

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  • 47.
    New inventions can and will be made; however, nothing new can be thought of that concerns moral man. Everything has already been thought and said which at best we can express in different forms and give new expressions to.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversation with Joseph Sebastian Grüner (August 24, 1823).
  • 48.
    One cannot develop taste from what is of average quality but only from the very best.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (February 26, 1824).
  • 49.
    The true, prescriptive artist strives after artistic truth; the lawless artist, who follows blind instinct, strives to duplicate the reality of nature. The first one elevates art to its highest peak; the second one lowers it to its basest level.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propylaea, introduction (1798).

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  • 50.
    One can't dull a project better than by discussing it repeatedly.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Charlotte, in Elective Affinities, bk. I, ch. 2 (1809).
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