quotes of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; 565 quotes

"Nature alone is illimitably rich, and Nature alone forms the great artist."

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"There would be far less suffering in the world if human beings-God knows why they are made like this-did not use their imaginations so busily in recalling the memories of past misfortunes, instead of trying to bear an indifferent present."

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"Mastery is often taken for egotism."

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"Wealth and speed are what the world admires, what each pursues. Railways, express mails, steamships and every possible facility for communications are the achievement in which the civilized world view and revels, only to languish in mediocrity by that very fact. Indeed, the effect of this diffusion is to spread the culture of the mediocre."

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"Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one."

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"Common sense is the genius of humanity."

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

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

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

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"We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us."

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