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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
German writer, artist, natural scientist and politician (1749–1832)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, and critic. His works include plays, poetry, literature, and aesthetic criticism as well as treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour. He is widely regarded as the greatest and most influential writer in the German language, his work having a profound and wide-ranging influence on Western literary, political and philosophical thought from the late 18th century to the present day.
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There is a courtesy of the heart it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.
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Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
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Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.
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To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.
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Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.


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One ought, everyday 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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The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decisions, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
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Let us live in as small a circle as we will, we are either debtors or creditors before we have had time to look around.
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Upon the creatures we have made, we are, ourselves, at last, dependent.
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Since I have heard often enough that everyone in the end has his own religion, nothing seemed more natural to me than to fashion my own.
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