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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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"What is not started today is never finished tomorrow."

"If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different."

"To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform."

"The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before."

"There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternally new now that builds and creates itself out of the Best as the past withdraws."

"Austere perseverance, hash and continuous... rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistible greater with time."

"We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives."

"Oral delivery aims at persuasion and making the listener believe they are converted. Few persons are capable of being convinced; the majority allow themselves to be persuaded."

"He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it."

"Upon the creatures we have made, we are, ourselves, at last, dependent."

"Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public."

"A purpose you impart is no longer your own."

"Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it."

"Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill."

"To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants."

"What is my life if I am no longer useful to others."

"Science has been seriously retarded by the study of what is not worth knowing and of what is not knowable."

"The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age."

"Whether a person shows themselves to be a genius in science or in writing a song, the only point is, whether the thought, the discovery, or the deed, is living and can live on."

"No one has ever learned fully to know themselves."

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