Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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1. “If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”

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2. “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”

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Source : Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

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

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4. “The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

5. “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.”

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6. “A clever man commits no minor blunders.”

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

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8. “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

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Source : Collected Works

9. “If you've never eaten while crying you don t know what life tastes like.”

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10. “Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”

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11. “You can’t, if you can’t feel it, if it neverRises from the soul, and swaysThe heart of every single hearer,With deepest power, in simple ways.You’ll sit forever, gluing things together,Cooking up a stew from other’s scraps,Blowing on a miserable fire,Made from your heap of dying ash.Let apes and children praise your art,If their admiration’s to your taste,But you’ll never speak from heart to heart,Unless it rises up from your heart’s space.”

Tags : Admiration Art Idolatry Individuality Legacy Love Masterpiece Quest
Source : Faust: First Part

12. “Here too it’s masquerade, I find: As everywhere, the dance of mind.I grasped a lovely masked procession,And caught things from a horror show…I’d gladly settle for a false impression,If it would last a little longer, though.”

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13. “Who are you then?" "I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.”

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Source : Faust: First Part

14. “Choose well. Your choice is brief, and yet endless.”

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15. “Beware of her fair hair, for she excelsAll women in the magic of her locks; And when she winds them round a young man's neck, She will not ever set him free again.”

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16. “A human being needs only a small plot of ground on which to be happy, and even less to lie beneath.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings

17. “No one can walk beneath palm trees with impunity, and ideas are sure to change in a land where elephants and tigers are at home.”

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Source : Elective Affinities

18. “Wild dreams torment me as I lie. And though a god lives in my heart, though all my power waken at his word, though he can move my every inmost part - yet nothing in the outer world is stirred. thus by existence tortured and oppressed I crave for death, I long for rest.”

Tags : Death Dreams God Power Rest Torture
Source : Faust, Part One

19. “Naturalists tell of a noble race of horses that instinctively open a vein with their teeth, when heated and exhausted by a long course, in order to breathe more freely. I am often tempted to open a vein, to procure for myself everlasting liberty. Cento volte ho impugnato una lama per conficcarmela nel cuore. Si dice di una nobile razza i cavalli,che quando si sentono accaldati e affaticati, si aprono istintivamente una vena, per respirare più liberamente. Spesso anche io vorrei aprirmi una vena che mi desse libertà eterna.”

Tags : Cavallo Death Dolore Drama Eternity Eternità Freedom Gioventù Horse Lesson For Life Liberty Libertà Life Love Love Hurts Lovers Pain Sick Sorrow Tiredness Veins Vena Werter Young
Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

20. “Instruction does much, but encouragement everything."(Letter to A.F. Oeser, Nov. 9, 1768)”

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Source : Early and Miscellaneous Letters of J. W. Goethe: Including Letters to His Mother. With Notes and a Short Biography

21. “Just take a look at our patrons, and you'll knowSome don't appreciate us, others never will.”

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22. “Gli osservatori fedeli della natura, per quanto pensino in maniera diversa riguardo altre questioni, concorderanno tuttavia che tutto ciò che si manifesta, tutto ciò che si presenta come fenomeno deve rinviare a una scissione originaria, capace di ricomposizione, o a un'unità originaria capace di scindersi e deve quindi presentarsi in questo modo. Scindere ciò che è unito e unire ciò che è scisso è la vita della natura. È l'eterna sistole e diastole, l'eterna synkrisis e diakrisis, l'inspirare e l'espirare del mondo in cui viviamo, agiamo e siamo.”

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23. “One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.”

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24. “The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”

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25. “If I love you, what business is it of yours?”

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26. “Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.”

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27. “Niemand ist mehr Sklave, als der sich für frei hält, ohne es zu sein.None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

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Source : Elective Affinities

28. “As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”

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Source : Faust: First Part

29. “Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and -- if at all possible -- speak a few sensible words.”

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30. “Everything is hard before it is easy”

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

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32. “How to please the public - that's the test,But nowadays I find I'm in a fix;I know they're not accustomed to the best,But they've all read so much they know the tricks.How can we give then something fresh and newThat's serious, but entertaining too?”

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33. “Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.”

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34. “By seeking and blundering we learn.”

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35. “Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.”

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36. “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”

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37. “Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.”

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38. “It's true that nothing in this world makes us so necessary to others as the affection we have for them.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

39. “Tell a wise person, or else keep silent,because the mass man will mock it right away.I praise what is truly alive,what longs to be burned to death.In the calm water of the love-nights,where you were begotten, where you have begotten,a strange feeling comes over you,when you see the silent candle burning.Now you are no longer caughtin the obsession with darkness,and a desire for higher love-makingsweeps you upward.Distance does not make you falter.Now, arriving in magic, flying,and finally, insane for the light,you are the butterfly and you are gone.And so long as you haven't experienced this: to die and so to grow,you are only a troubled gueston the dark earth.”

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40. “When I go out by the gateway, taking the road I drove along that first time I picked up Lotte for the ball, how very different it all is! It is all over, all of it! There is not a hint of the world that once was, not one bulse-beat of those past emotions. I feel like a ghost returning to the burnt-out ruins of the castle he built in his prime as a prince, which he adorned with magnificent splendours and then, on his deathbed, but full of hope, left to his beloved son”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

41. “Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe, but to find out what he has to do; and to restrain himself within the limits of his comprehension.”

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42. “Talent develops in tranquility, character in the full current of human life.”

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43. “What is the destiny of man, but to fill up the measure of his sufferings, and to drink his allotted cup of bitterness?”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

44. “There is strong shadow where there is much light.”

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Source : Götz von Berlichingen

45. “Der Verständige findet fast alles lächerlich, der Vernünftige fast nichts.”

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46. “The really unhappy person is the one who leaves undone what they can do, and starts doing what they don't understand; no wonder they come to grief.”

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47. “People are so constituted that everybody would rather undertake what they see others do, whether they have an aptitude for it or not.”

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48. “All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.”

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49. “Behaviour is a mirror in which every one displays his own image.”

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50. “A man's shortcomings are taken from his epoch; his virtues and greatness belong to himself.”

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51. “The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.”

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52. “He who moves not forward, goes backward.”

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53. “I have so much in me, and the feeling for her absorbs it all; I have so much, and without her it all comes to nothing.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

54. “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

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55. “Even people who are entirely strange and indifferent to one another will exchange confidences if they live together for a while, and a certain intimacy is bound to develop.”

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Source : Elective Affinities

56. “All that is transitory is but a metaphor.”

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57. “What we agree with leaves us inactive, but contradiction makes us productive.”

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58. “Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein stehn,Röslein auf der Heiden,war so jung und morgenschön,lief er schnell, es nah zu sehn,sah's mit vielen Freuden.Röslein, Röslein, Röslein rot,Röslein auf der Heiden.Knabe sprach: „Ich breche dich,Röslein auf der Heiden!“Röslein sprach: „Ich steche dich,dass du ewig denkst an mich,und ich will's nicht leiden.“Röslein, Röslein, Röslein rot,Röslein auf der Heiden.Und der wilde Knabe brach'sRöslein auf der Heiden;Röslein wehrte sich und stach,half ihm doch kein Weh und Ach,musst' es eben leiden.Röslein, Röslein, Röslein rot,Röslein auf der Heiden.”

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Source : Gedichte (Bd. 1).

59. “We are never content with portraits of people we know. For that reason I have always felt sorry for portrait painters. We rarely ask the impossible of anyone, but of them we do. They are required to get everybody's relationship with the subject, everybody's affection or dislike, into the picture; and not merely represent their own view of a person but what everybody else's might be too.”

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Source : Elective Affinities

60. “I could be living the best and happiest of lives if only I were not a fool.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

61. “Briefe gehören unter die wichtigsten Denkmäler, die der einzelne Mensch hinterlassen kann.”

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62. “ach, kon je dat maar weer uitdrukken, kon je het papier inblazen wat zo overdadig leeft; zodat het de spiegel werd van je ziel, zoals je ziel de spiegel is van de oneindige God! – Mijn vriend — Maar ik ga er aan te gronde, ik bezwijk onder het geweld van de pracht van wat ik zie.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

63. “When a nation which has long groaned under the intolerable yoke of a tyrant rises at last and throws off its chains, do you call that weakness? The man who, to rescue his house from the flames, finds his physical strength redoubled, so that he lifts burdens with ease which in the absence of excitement he could scarcely move; he who under the rage of an insult attacks and puts to flight half a score of his enemies,—are such persons to be called weak? My good friend, if resistance be strength, how can the highest degree of resistance be a weakness?”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

64. “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”

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Source : Maxims and Reflections

65. “Der ErlkönigWer reitet so spät durch Nacht und Wind ?Es ist der Vater mit seinem Kind ;Er hat den Knaben wohl in dem Arm,Er faßt ihn sicher, er hält ihn warm.Mein Sohn, was birgst du so bang dein Gesicht ?-Siehst Vater, du den Erlkönig nicht ?Den Erlenkönig mit Kron und Schweif ?-Mein Sohn, es ist ein Nebelstreif. -"Du liebes Kind, komm, geh mit mir !Gar schöne Spiele spiel ich mit dir ;Manch bunte Blumen sind an dem Strand,Meine Mutter hat manch gülden Gewand."Mein Vater, mein Vater, und hörest du nicht,Was Erlenkönig mir leise verspricht ?-Sei ruhig, bleibe ruhig, mein Kind !In dürren Blättern säuselt der Wind.-"Willst, feiner Knabe, du mit mir gehn ?Meine Töchter sollen dich warten schön ;Meine Töchter führen den nächtlichen ReihnUnd wiegen und tanzen und singen dich ein."Mein Vater, mein Vater, und siehst du nicht dortErlkönigs Töchter am düstern Ort ?-Mein Sohn, mein Sohn, ich seh es genau :Es scheinen die alten Weiden so grau.-"Ich liebe dich, mich reizt deine schöne Gestalt ;Und bist du nicht willig, so brauch ich Gewalt."Mein Vater, mein Vater, jetzt faßt er mich an !Erlkönig hat mir ein Leids getan !Dem Vater grauset's, er reitet geschwind,Er hält in den Armen das ächzende Kind,Erreicht den Hof mit Mühe und Not ;In seinen Armen das Kind war tot.”

Tags : Black Forest Elven Charm Elven King Erl King Erlkonig Erlkönig Forest Spirit Poetry Thuringia
Source : Selected Poetry

66. “Shame upon him who can look on calmly, and exclaim,‘The foolish girl! she should have waited; she should haveallowed time to wear off the impression; her despair wouldhave been softened, and she would have found another loverto comfort her.’ One might as well say, ‘The fool, to die of afever! why did he not wait till his strength was restored, tillhis blood became calm? all would then have gone well, andhe would have been alive now.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

67. “When a human awakens to a great dream and throws the full force of his soul over it, all the universe conspires in your favor.”

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68. “Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it!”

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69. “A mans manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.”

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70. “Divide and rule, the politician cries;Unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.”

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Source : Gedichte

71. “Whilst I could not think of any man whose spirit was, or needed to be, more enlarged than the spirit of a genuine merchant. What a thing it is to see the order which prevails throughout his business! By means of this he can at any time survey the general whole, without needing to perplex himself in the details. What advantages does he derive from the system of book-keeping by double entry? It is among the finest inventions of the human mind; every prudent master of a house should introduce it into his economy.”

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72. “But there are times," said Charlotte, "when it is necessary and an act of friendship to write nothing rather than not to write.”

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Source : Elective Affinities

73. “I am the spirit that negates.And rightly so, for all that comes to beDeserves to perish wretchedly;'Twere better nothing would begin.Thus everything that that your terms, sin,Destruction, evil represent—That is my proper element.”

Tags : Destruction Entropy Everything Must Perish Evil Mephistopheles Negation
Source : Faust - Part One

74. “15"General ideas and great conceit are always a fair way to bring about terrible misfortune.”

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Source : Criticisms, Reflections and Maxims of Goethe

75. “I'm fairly fond of boys, but my preference is for girls; When I have enough of a girl, she serves me still as a boy.”

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Source : Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe's Roman Elegies and Venetian Epigrams

76. “Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.”

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77. “All theory is gray, my friend. But forever green is the tree of life.”

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Source : Faust: First Part

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

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79. “I treat my heart like a sick child and gratify its every fancy.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

80. “„Was glänzt ist für den Augenblick geboren; Das Echte bleibt der Nachwelt unverloren.”

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Source : Faust: First Part

81. “If I wasn't a devil myself I'd give Me up to the Devil this very minute.”

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Source : Faust

82. “ Într-adevăr ştiu multe, dar aş vrea să ştiu totul. ”

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Source : Faust

83. “We are all pilgrims who seek Italy.”

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84. “CHORUSGird thee for the high endeavor;Shun the crowd’s ignoble ease!Fails the spirit never,Wise to think, and prompt to seize.Goethe, Faust, Part II, act 1, 50–53”

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Source : Faust

85. “Des Menschen Kraft, im Dichter offenbartThe human power is revealed by poetIl potere dell'umanità si rivela nel poeta”

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86. “By Fortune's adverse buffets overborneTo solitude I fled, to wilds forlorn,And not in utter loneliness to live,Myself at last did to the Devil give!”

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Source : Faust

87. “Que la vida del hombre es solamente un sueño ya se le había ocurrido a bastantes, y también a mi me acompaña por todas partes ese sentimiento. Cuando contemplo la limitación a que se hallan reducidas las fuerzas activas e inquisitivas del hombre; cuando veo que toda actividad tiende a la satisfacción de las necesidades, que a su vez no tienen más objeto que la de prolongar nuestra pobre existencia, y que toda tranquilidad sobre ciertos de la investigación no es más que una resignación fundada en los sueños, como cuando se pintan los muros donde estamos encarcelados con figuras multicolores y perspectivas luminosas.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

88. “Los hombres, como los niños, caminando a tientas sobre la tierra, ignorando de dónde vienen y adónde van, son poco menos que autómatas y, exactamente como los niños, se dejan gobernar con juguetes, confites y azotes.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

89. “Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away.”

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90. “People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.”

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91. “The affairs of the world are no more than so much trickery, and a man who toils for money or honour or whatever else in deference to the wishes of others, rather than because his own desire or needs lead him to do so, will always be a fool.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

92. “What's foreign one can't always keep quite clear of,For good things, oft, are not so near;A German can't endure the French to see or hear of,Yet drinks their wines with hearty cheer.”

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Source : Faust

93. “We lay aside letters never to read them again, and at last destroy them out of discretion, and so disappears the most beautiful, the most immediate breath of life, irrecoverably for ourselves and for others.”

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Source : Elective Affinities

94. “Anyone that doesn't know foreign languages knows nothing of his own.”

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Source : Maxims and Reflections

95. “Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.”

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96. “You are aware of only one unrest;Oh, never learn to know the other!Two souls, alas, are dwelling in my breast,And one is striving to forsake its brother.Unto the world in grossly loving zest,With clinging tendrils, one adheres;The other rises forcibly in questOf rarefied ancestral spheres.If there be spirits in the airThat hold their sway between the earth and sky,Descend out of the golden vapors thereAnd sweep me into iridescent life.Oh, came a magic cloak into my handsTo carry me to distant lands,I should not trade it for the choicest gown,Nor for the cloak and garments of the crown.”

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Source : Faust: First Part

97. “He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth.”

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98. “When I say to the Moment flying;'Linger a while -- thou art so fair!'Then bind me in thy bonds undying,And my final ruin I will bear!”

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Source : Faust

99. “Werd ich zum Augenblicke sagen:Verweile doch! du bist so schön!Dann magst du mich in Fesseln schlagen,Dann will ich gern zugrunde gehn!”

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Source : Faust

100. “And when I look around the apartment where I now am,—when I see Charlotte’s apparel lying before me, and Albert’s writings, and all those articles of furniture which are so familiar to me, even to the very inkstand which I am using,—when I think what I am to this family—everything. My friends esteem me; I often contribute to their happiness, and my heart seems as if it could not beat without them; and yet—if I were to die, if I were to be summoned from the midst of this circle, would they feel—or how long would they feel—the void which my loss would make in their existence? How long! Yes, such is the frailty of man, that even there, where he has the greatest consciousness of his own being, where he makes the strongest and most forcible impression, even in the memory, in the heart of his beloved, there also he must perish,—vanish,—and that quickly.I could tear open my bosom with vexation to think how little we are capable of influencing the feelings of each other. No one can communicate to me those sensations of love, joy, rapture, and delight which I do not naturally possess; and though my heart may glow with the most lively affection, I cannot make the happiness of one in whom the same warmth is not inherent.Sometimes I don’t understand how another can love her, is allowed to love her, since I love her so completely myself, so intensely, so fully, grasp nothing, know nothing, have nothing but her!I possess so much, but my love for her absorbs it all. I possess so much, but without her I have nothing.One hundred times have I been on the point of embracing her. Heavens! what a torment it is to see so much loveliness passing and repassing before us, and yet not dare to lay hold of it! And laying hold is the most natural of human instincts. Do not children touch everything they see? And I!Witness, Heaven, how often I lie down in my bed with a wish, and even a hope, that I may never awaken again! And in the morning, when I open my eyes, I behold the sun once more, and am wretched. If I were whimsical, I might blame the weather, or an acquaintance, or some personal disappointment, for my discontented mind; and then this insupportable load of trouble would not rest entirely upon myself. But, alas! I feel it too sadly; I am alone the cause of my own woe, am I not? Truly, my own bosom contains the source of all my pleasure. Am I not the same being who once enjoyed an excess of happiness, who at every step saw paradise open before him, and whose heart was ever expanded towards the whole world? And this heart is now dead; no sentiment can revive it. My eyes are dry; and my senses, no more refreshed by the influence of soft tears, wither and consume my brain. I suffer much, for I have lost the only charm of life: that active, sacred power which created worlds around me,—it is no more. When I look from my window at the distant hills, and behold the morning sun breaking through the mists, and illuminating the country around, which is still wrapped in silence, whilst the soft stream winds gently through the willows, which have shed their leaves; when glorious Nature displays all her beauties before me, and her wondrous prospects are ineffectual to extract one tear of joy from my withered heart,—I feel that in such a moment I stand like a reprobate before heaven, hardened, insensible, and unmoved. Oftentimes do I then bend my knee to the earth, and implore God for the blessing of tears, as the desponding labourer in some scorching climate prays for the dews of heaven to moisten his parched corn.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

101. “Exageras tudo e, por certo, cometes pelo menos o erro de aceitar o suicídio, que é do que estamos falando agora, como se fosse uma grande ação, quando não é nada mais do que simplesmente fraqueza. Pois, para ser sincero, é mais fácil morrer do que suportar com firmeza uma vida de tormentos.”

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102. “Isso é bem outra coisa", replicou Alberto, "porque um homem que se deixa arrastar por uma paixão violenta perde a faculdade de refletir e deve ser considerado como um ébrio, como um demente.”

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103. “Nothing can be compared to the new life that the discovery of another country provides for a thoughtful person. Although I am still the same I believe to have changed to the bones.”

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Source : Italian Journey

104. “[Alexander von] Humboldt showers us with true treasures.”

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105. “if only these treasures were not so fragile as they are precious and beautiful.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

106. “No one is willing to believe that adults too, like children, wander about this earth in a daze and, like children, do not know where they come from or where they are going, act as rarely as they do according to genuine motives, and are as thoroughly governed as they are by biscuits and cake and the rod.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

107. “It seems it has been my fate to sadden those I should have made happy.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

108. “Once I blazed across the sky,Leaving trails of flame;I fell to earth, and here I lie -Who'll help me up again?-A Shooting Star”

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109. “Waste not a day in vain digression;with resolute, courageous trustseek every possible impressionand make it firmly your posessionyou'll then work on because you must.”

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110. “Through many a long day you'll be taught That what you once did without thinking, As easy as if it were eating or drinking, Must be done in order: one! two! three! But truly, this though factory of ours Is like some weaver's masterpiece: One treadle stirs a thousand threads, This way and that the shuttles whistle, Threads flow invisibly, one ... Read morestroke Ties a thousand knots .... The philosopher steps in And proves to you it had to be so; The first was so, the second was so, And therefore the third and fourth were so. If the first and second hadn't existed, The third and fourth would never have existed. And this is praised by every scholar, But never a one becomes a weaver. To know and describe a living thing You first get rid of all its spirit: Then the parts are all in the palm of your hand, And all that you lack is the spirit that binds them! Encheiresis naturae, chemists call it, And fool themselves and never know it”

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111. “„Bin weder Fräulein, weder schön,kann ungeleitet nach Hause gehn.”

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112. “One who has passed the thirtieth yearalready is as good as dead--it would be best to kill you off by then.”

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113. “Mit Frauen soll man sich nie unterstehn zu scherzen." - Mephistopheles”

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114. “Sucht nur die Menschen zu verwirren, Sie zu befriedigen ist schwer.”

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115. “Each one's no longer consciousOf the high wall, or the rest:Since the one enduring fortress,Is the soldier's iron breast.If you’d live unconquered,Quickly arm, and fight the real foe:Every wife an Amazon bred,And every child a hero.”

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116. “Mefistófeles:Sexo desgraçado, sempre na ilusão!Seduzidos sempre, desde o pai Adão!Velhos ficam todos - mas inteligentes?Não caíste ainda em logros bastantes?”

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Source : Faust: A Tragedy. Part the Second

117. “What you feed in yourself that grows.”

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118. “Was Du in Dir nährst, das wächst.”

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119. “Her şeyi kendimizle, kendimizi de herkesle karşılaştıracak şekilde yaratılmışız bir kere, bundan dolayı mutluluk ve hüznümüz bağlı olduğumuz şeylerden etkileniyor kuşkusuz, bu durumda en tehlikeli şey de yalnızlık. Doğası gereği kendini aşmaya zorlanan, edebiyatın fantastik imgeleriyle beslenen hayal gücümüz, kendimizin en aşağıda bulunduğu bir dizi varlığı sıraya sokuyor, dışımızdaki her şey daha güzel, bizden başka herkes daha mükemmelmiş gibi görünüyor. Ve bu çok doğal bir akış içinde gerçekleşiyor. Bazı şeylerin bizde eksik olduğunu çok sık duyumsuyoruz, eksikliğini duyduğumuz şey de çoğunlukla bir başkasında varmış gibi geliyor bize, sahip olduklarımızın yanı sıra yüceltilen bir parça gönül huzurunu bile ona layık görüyoruz. Böylece şanslı kişinin, yani bizim hayal ürünümüz olan kişinin hiçbir eksiği kalmıyor. Oysa bütün zafiyetlerimiz ve dertlerimizle yolumuzdan sapmadan çalışmaya devam etsek, başkalarının yelkenleri ve kürekleriyle ilerlediği yolda biz dolaşıp zikzaklar çizdiğimiz halde öne geçtiğimizi sıklıkla göreceğiz-ve-elbette insan bunu ancak başkalarıyla aynı konuma gelince veya onların önüne geçince anlayabiliyor.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

120. “Comunicar nuestras cosas a los otros, es nuestra naturaleza; saber comprender lo que los otros nos comunican, es educación”

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121. “E poi, caro amico, questo mio desiderio di cambiare non è forse un'insofferenza interiore che mi perseguiterà ovunque io vada?”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

122. “I più trascorrono la maggior parte del tempo lavorando per vivere, e quel po' di libertà che rimane loro li spaventa a tal punto che ricorrono a ogni mezzo per liberarsene. Oh destino degli uomini!”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

123. “Those only obtain love who seek it not.”

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Source : Egmont a Tragedy in Five Acts

124. “Did it really have to be like this?__that the source of Man's contentment becomes the source of his misery?”

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125. “We look back on our life as a thing of broken pieces, because our mistakes and failures are always the first to strike us, and outweigh in our imagination what we have accomplished and attained.”

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Source : Maxims and Reflections

126. “Die Welt ist voller Torheit, Dumpfheit, Inkonsequenz und Ungerechtigkeit. Es gehört viel Mut dazu, diesen nicht das Feld zu räumen.”

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127. “Fairytale: presents impossible events under possible or almost impossible conditions as though they were possible.”

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Source : Maxims and Reflections

128. “I wish the stage were as narrow as the wire of a tighrope dancer so that no incompetent would dare step upon it.”

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Source : Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

129. “If you ask what the people here are like, I must tell you, "Like people everywhere!" Uniformity marks the human race.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

130. “In all things it is better to hope than to despair.”

Tags : Dispair Dr Campbell Hope Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Progress Whole

131. “Every day we hear a little melody,reading a beautiful poem, see a fine painting and,If possible, say the words.”

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132. “Und zuletzt, des Lichts begierig,Bist du Schmetterling verbrannt”

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Source : Selected Poetry

133. “And while throughout the self same motion Repeated on forever flows The thousandfold o er arching ocean Its strong embrace around all throws Streams through all things the joy of living The least star thrilleth fond accord And all their crowding all their striving Is endless rest in God the Lord. - - -GER:Wenn im Unendlichen dasselbeSich wiederholend ewig fließt,Das tausendfältige GewölbeSich kräftig ineinander schließt,Strömt Lebenslust aus allen Dingen,Dem kleinsten wie dem größten SternUnd alles Drängen, alles RingenIst ewige Ruh in Gott dem Herrn.Zahme Xenien VI.”

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Source : Xenien

134. “There dwells a life in every star;With brother spheres it rolls afarIts self-elected, radiant way.Still throb within the great earth-ballThe forces which conduct us allFrom day to night, from night to day. - - - GER:Das Leben wohnt in jedem Sterne:Er wandelt mit den andern gerneDie selbsterwählte reine Bahn;Im innern Erdenball pulsierenDie Kräfte, die zur Nacht uns führenUnd wieder zu dem Tag heran.Zahme Xenien VI.”

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Source : Xenien

135. “Legislators and revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time, are either psychopaths or mountebanks.”

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Source : Maxims and Reflections

136. “Habe nun, ach! Philosophie,Juristerei und Medizin,Und leider auch TheologieDurchaus studiert, mit heißem Bemühn.Da steh ich nun, ich armer Tor!Und bin so klug als wie zuvor;Heiße Magister, heiße Doktor garUnd ziehe schon an die zehen JahrHerauf, herab und quer und krummMeine Schüler an der Nase herum-Und sehe, daß wir nichts wissen können!Das will mir schier das Herz verbrennen.Zwar bin ich gescheiter als all die Laffen,Doktoren, Magister, Schreiber und Pfaffen;Mich plagen keine Skrupel noch Zweifel,Fürchte mich weder vor Hölle noch Teufel-Dafür ist mir auch alle Freud entrissen,Bilde mir nicht ein, was Rechts zu wissen,Bilde mir nicht ein, ich könnte was lehren,Die Menschen zu bessern und zu bekehren.”

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Source : Faust: Der Tragödie Erster Teil

137. “Ich mögte beten wie Moses im Koran: Herr mache mir Raum in meiner engen Brust.”

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138. “Insofar as he makes use of his healthy senses, man himself is the best and most exact scientific instrument possible. The greatest misfortune of modern physics is that its experiments have been set apart from man, as it were, physics refuses to recognize nature in anything not shown by artificial instruments, and even uses this as a measure of its accomplishments.”

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139. “I see no end to my misery but the grave.”

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140. “After the play, he counts on playing cards,and he on a wild night in some girl's arms -why, in a cause like this, must you poor foolsso sorely try the Muses' kindness”

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Source : Faust

141. “Tell me with whom you consort and I will tell you who you are; if I know how you spend your time, then I know what might become of you.”

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142. “When one is polite in German, one lies.”

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Source : Faust, Part Two

143. “Glib tongues frill up their hash of knowledgefor mankind in polished speechesthat are no more than vaporous windsrustling the fallen leaves in autumn.”

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144. “Think of you! I do not think of you; you are always before my soul.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

145. “O glücklich, wer noch hoffen kann,aus diesem Meer des Irrtums aufzutauchen!Was man nicht weiß, das eben brauchte man,und was man weiß, kann man nicht brauchen.”

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Source : Faust: First Part

146. “Närrisch, dass jeder in seinem FalleSeine besondere Meinung preist!Wenn Islam Gott ergeben heißt,Im Islam leben und sterben wir alle!”

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147. “Eğer gönüller gerçekten aydınlıksa, güneş ışığına gerek kalmaz.Başkalarının esirgediği şeyi biz kendi kalbimizde buluyoruz..”

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Source : Faust

148. “If the whole world I once could seeOn free soil stand, with the people freeThen to the moment might I say,Linger awhile. . .so fair thou art.”

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Source : Faust: First Part

149. “There occurs the beautiful feeling that only humanity together is the true human being, and that the individual can be cheerful and happy only if he has the courage to feel himself in the Whole.”

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Source : Truth and Fiction: Relating to My Life

150. “The world turns gray, the air grows cool, the fog blows in. Only at evening can you really value home.”

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Source : Faust: First Part

151. “Must it so be that whatever makes man happy must later become the source of his misery?”

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152. “Geheimnisse sind noch keine Wunder.”

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Source : Maxims and Reflections

153. “Ohne Hast, aber ohne Rast. - Without haste, but without rest.”

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154. “All force strives forward to work far and wideTo live and grow and ever to expand;Yet we are checked and thwarted on each sideBy the world's flux and swept along like sand:In this internal storm and outward tideWe hear a promise, hard to understand:From the compulsion that all creatures binds,Who overcomes himself, his freedom finds.”

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155. “Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient. To act is easy, to think is hard; to act according to our thought is troublesome.”

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Source : Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

156. “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free”

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Source : Elective Affinities

157. “Niemand ist hoffnungsloser versklavt als jene, die fälschlicherweise glauben, frei zu sein.”

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158. “We talk far too much. We should talk less and draw more. I personally should like to renounce speech altogether and, like organic Nature, communicate everything I have to say in sketches.”

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159. “Neuere Poeten tun viel Wasser in die Tinte. (More recent poets put a lot of water in the ink.) -- Goethe: Aus Makariens Archiv. Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre. III 18”

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160. “We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible things; and, once they are engraved upon the memory, woe to him who would endeavour to efface them.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

161. “It used to happen, and still happens, to me to take no pleasure in a work of art at the first sight of it, because it is too much for me; but if I suspect any merit in it, I try to get at it; and then I never fail to make the most gratifying discoveries,to find new qualities in the work itself and new faculties in myself.”

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162. “The best slave is the one who thinks he is free.”

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163. “A dim vastness is spread before our souls; the perceptions of our mind are as obscure as those of our vision... But alas! when we have attained our object, when the distant 'there' becomes the present 'here,' all is changed; we are as poor and circumscribed as ever, and our souls still languish for unattainable happiness.”

Tags : Happiness Satisfaction
Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

164. “Everything transitory is but an image.”

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Source : Faust: First Part

165. “Jupiter's welcome to more from his Juno if he can get it”

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166. “The limits of my language are the limits of my universe.”

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167. “Gracious Providence, to whom I owe all my powers, why didst thou not withhold some of those blessings I possess, and substitute in their place a feeling of self-confidence and contentment?”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

168. “Molto spesso sentiamo che ci manca qualcosa e proprio ciò che ci manca ci sembra di ritrovarlo in un altro, al quale attribuiamo non solo tutto quello che abbiamo, ma anche una certa ideale felicità. E cosi, questo essere beato, che noi stessi abbiamo creato, è completo e perfetto.Se noi invece, pur con le nostre debolezze e le nostre miserie, pensiamo solo a continuare il nostro lavoro, ci accogiamo subito che con il nostro passo tardo e lento arriviamo più lontano degli altri con tutti i loro remi e il loro vento in poppa - e allora, se restiamo alla pari con gli altri o addirittura passiamo loro davanti, finiamo con l'avere per noi un certo rispetto.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

169. “There is not a moment but preys upon you,—and upon all around you, not a moment in which you do not yourself become a destroyer. The most innocent walk deprives of life thousands of poor insects: one step destroys the fabric of the industrious ant, and converts a little world into chaos. No: it is not the great and rare calamities of the world, the floods which sweep away whole villages, the earthquakes which swallow up our towns, that affect me. My heart is wasted by the thought of that destructive power which lies concealed in every part of universal nature. Nature has formed nothing that does not consume itself, and every object near it: so that, surrounded by earth and air, and all the active powers, I wander on my way with aching heart; and the universe is to me a fearful monster, for ever devouring its own offspring.”

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Source : The Sorrows of Young Werther

170. “He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own.”

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171. “If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.”

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172. “Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.”

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173. “I know of enough cases in which a close and, as it seemed, indissoluble relationship was annulled by the casual arrival of a third party, and one of the pair, previously joined so beautifully, driven out into empty space.”

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174. “Those who have never seen themselves surrounded on all sides by the sea can never possess an idea of the world, and of their relation to it.”

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175. “One should not search for anything behind the phenomena. They themselves are the message.”

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176. “In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm. ... In the real world, all rests on perseverance.”

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177. “The greatest evil that can befall man is that he should come to think ill of himself.”

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178. “Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences progress in even greater extent and depth, and the human mind widen itself as much as it desires: beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity, as it shines forth in the Gospels, it will not go.”

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179. “Artists and artisans both demonstrate with perfect clarity that a person is least able to appropriate for himself those things which are most peculiarly his. His works leave him as birds do the best in which they were hatched.In this respect an architect's fate is the strangest of all. How often he employs his whole intellect and warmth of feeling in the creation of rooms from which he must exclude himself. Royal halls owe their splendor to him, and he may not share in the enjoyment of their finest effects. In temples he draws the line between himself and the holy of holies; the steps he built to ceremonies that lift up the heady, he may no longer climb; just as the goldsmith worships only from afar the monstrance which he wrought in the fire and set with jewels. With the keys of the palace the architect hands over all it's comforts to the wealthy man, and has not the least part in them. Surely in this way art must little by little grow away from the artist, if the work, like a child provided for, no longer teaches back to touch its father.”

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Source : Elective Affinities

180. “Nothing is worth more than this day.”

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181. “Two souls, alas, are housed within my breast,And each will wrestle for the mastery there.”

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Source : Faust

182. “It's in the anomalies that nature reveals its secrets.”

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183. “Then indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting over lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

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184. “I will say nothing against the course of my existence. But at bottom it has been nothing but pain and burden, and I can affirm that during the whole of my 75 years, I have not had four weeks of genuine well-being. It is but the perpetual rolling of a rock that must be raised up again forever.”

Tags : Burden Existence Misery Pain Rolling

185. “Whatever liberates our spirit without giving us mastery over ourselves is destructive.”

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Source : Maxims and Reflections

186. “Ganz war mein Herz an deiner SeiteUnd jeder Atemzug für dich.”

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187. “Whenever I hear people talking about "liberal ideas," I am always astounded that men should love to fool themselves with empty sounds. An idea should never be liberal; it must be vigorous, positive, and without loose ends so that it may fulfill its divine mission and be productive. The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.”

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188. “I myself must also say I believe it is true that in the end humanitarianism will triumph; only I fear that at the same time the world will be one big hospital and each person will be the other person's humane keeper.”

Tags : Mental Illness Psychiatry Therapeutic State Therapeutism
Source : Italian Journey

189. “What you inherit from your fathermust first be earned before it's yours.”

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190. “When he comes to the doorhe always looks mocking and half-way angry.You can see he has sympathy for nothing.It's written on his foreheadthat he can love no one.”

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191. “Being full of mischief, they love to listen;they gladly obey, for they like to betray you,pretending to be sent from Heaven,and lisping like angels, while they lie.”

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192. “Men grieve [Mephistopheles] so with the days of their lamenting, [he] even hate[s] to plague them with [his] torments.”

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193. “It is ever true that he who does nothing for others, does nothing for himself.”

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194. “My father, my father, and dost thou not hearThe words that the Erl-King now breathes in mine ear?'Be calm, dearest child, 'tis thy fancy deceives;Tis the sad wind that sighs through the withering leaves.”

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Source : Works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

195. “On my strand, lovely flowers their blossoms unfold,My mother shall grace thee with garments of gold.”

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Source : Works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

196. “National hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.”

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197. “Jesus fühlte rein und dachteNur den Einen Gott im stillen;Wer ihn selbst zum Gotte machte,Kränkte seinen heiligen Willen.”

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198. “Surely the gestures of murmuring priests must contain some deep meaning”

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199. “MaifestWie herrlich leuchtetMir die Natur!Wie glänzt die Sonne!Wie lacht die Flur!Es dringen BlütenAus jedem Zweig,Und tausend StimmenAus dem Gesträuch,Und Freud und WonneAus jeder Brust.O Erd, o Sonne!O Glück, o Lust!O Lieb', o Liebe,So golden schön,Wie MorgenwolkenAuf jenen Höhn;Du segnest herrlichDas frische Feld,Im BlütendampfeDie volle Welt.O Mädchen, Mädchen,Wie lieb' ich dich!Wie blickt dein Auge!Wie liebst du mich!So liebt die LercheGesang und Luft,Und MorgenblumenDen Himmels Duft,Wie ich dich liebeMit warmem Blut,Die du mir JugendUnd Freud und MutZu neuen LiedernUnd Tänzen gibst!Sei ewig glücklichWie du mich liebst!”

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Source : Gedichte

200. “Sobald wir lernen uns zu vertrauen, fangen wir an zu leben”

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