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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Biography : German writer and statesman.
Born: 1749 - Died: 1832
Period:
19th century
18th century
Place of birth: Germany
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In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
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In all things it is better to hope than to despair.

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

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We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge, doubt increases.
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We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge, doubt increases.

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The aim of living is Life itself.
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It is not enough to take steps, which may someday lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.
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All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green,
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All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green,

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Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do.

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The right man is the one who seizes the moment.
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Each one sees what he carries in his heart.
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To do good needs no consideration.
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Be humanity evermore our goal.
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Every attraction is reciprocal.
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Where there is much light, the shadow is deep.
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...and nobody knows the extent of his strength until he has tried.
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He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.
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This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
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Tolerance should really only be a passing attitude: it should lead to appreciation. To tolerate is to offend.
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One never goes so far as when one no longer knows where one is going.
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I nothing had, and yet enough for youth -
Joy in Illusion, ardent thirst for Truth.
Give unrestrained, the old emotion,
The bliss that touched the verge of pain,
The strength of Hate, Love's deep devotion, -
O, give me back my youth again!

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Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
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It is a great error to take oneself for more than one is, or for less than one is worth.
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People grow old indeed, but who grows wise?
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People grow old indeed, but who grows wise?

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Sowing is not so hard as reaping.
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How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never; but only through action.
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Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.
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To act is easy, to think is hard; to act according to our thought is troublesome.
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There my life began when I loved you.
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And days together stand I on the shore,
Seeking, in my soul, the land of Greece.

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Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
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He who does not know any foreign languages does not know anything about his own.
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