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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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"The coward only threatens when he is safe."

"Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time."

"Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds."

"The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life."

"Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it is sure to repent every ill-judged outlay."

"For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is."

"If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words."

"Life is the childhood of our immortality."

"We are forced to participate in the games of life before we can possibly learn how to use the options in the rules governing them."

"I think that I am better than the people who are trying to reform me."

"Alas! sorrow from happiness is oft evolved."

"One always has time enough, if one will apply it well."

"Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done."

"Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste."

"Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity."

"Life has been compared to a race, but the allusion improves by observing, that the most swift are usually the least manageable and the most likely to stray from the course. Great abilities have always been less serviceable to the possessors than moderate ones."

"Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity."

"The deed is everything, the glory is naught."

"The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it."

"Three may keep counsel, if two are away."

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