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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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"We will burn that bridge when we come to it."

"Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world."

"A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul."

"Character develops itself in the stream of life."

"Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men."

"Correction does much, but encouragement does more."

"If your treat an individual... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be."

"All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience."

"We don't get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like."

"I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut."

"First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth."

"A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them."

"Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live."

"If I love you, what does that matter to you!"

"Still this planet's soil for noble deeds grants scope abounding."

"Live dangerously and you live right."

"If I say to the moment: 'Stay now! You are so beautiful'!"

"Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different."

"On all the peaks lies peace."

"One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude."

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