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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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"Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image."

"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."

"All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green."

"This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew."

"Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago."

"The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes."

"A leaf that is destined to grow large is full of grooves and wrinkles at the start. Now if one has no patience and wants it smooth offhand like a willow leaf, there is trouble ahead."

"In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm... in the real world all rests on perseverance."

"The deed is everything, the glory naught."

"The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part."

"None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free."

"Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends."

"The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit - this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden."

"We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe."

"Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow."

"He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home."

"There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at."

"To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed - that can make life a garden."

"A clever man commits no minor blunders."

"The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone."

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