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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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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Quotes Page 8

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Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals.
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The history of science is science itself; the history of the individual, the individual.
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If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain as 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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One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them.
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Those who know nothing of foreign languages, knows nothing of their own.


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What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner.
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If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay as 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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It has been said that figures rule the world. Maybe. But I am sure that figures show us whether it is being ruled well or badly.
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One man's word is no man's word; we should quietly hear both sides.
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Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay.

           

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