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Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.


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JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Talent develops in solitude, character develops in the stream of life.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
What I possess, seems far away to me, and what is gone becomes reality.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Every individual who is not creative has a negative, narrow, exclusive taste and succeeds in deprivi...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Whoever gives himself up to solitude, Ah! he is soon alone. [Ger., Wer sich der Einsamkeit er...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
I consider him of no account who esteems himself just as the popular breath may chance to raise him...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
The coward threatens when he is safe.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Architecture is frozen music. [Ger., Die Backunst ist eine erstarrte Musik.]
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
We are never deceived, we deceive ourselves. [Ger., Man wird betrogen, man betrugt sich selbst.]
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
It is in human nature to relax, when not compelled by personal advantage or disadvantage.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
By seeking and blundering we learn.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Our senses don't deceive us: our judgment does
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Once you have missed the first buttonhole you'll never manage to button up
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
J'aime celui qui tente l'impossible.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
I will not be as those who spend the day in complaining of headache, and the night in drinking the w...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
A vain man can never be utterly ruthless: he wants to win applause and therefore he accommodates him...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Whatever liberates our spirit without giving us self-control is disastrous.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
The little man is still a man.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
For all guilt is punished on earth.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Then indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Възпитателят на людете е длъжен не да предпазва от заб...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient. To act is easy, to think is hard...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
A lovely, pure, noble, and most moral nature, without the strength of nerve which forms a hero, sink...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
I, for my share, cannot understand," continued she, "how men have made themselves believe that God s...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, w...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Whatever necessity lays upon thee, endure; whatever she commands, do.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
If any man wishes to write a clear style, let him first be clear in his thoughts.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Never by reflection, but only by doing is self-knowledge possible to one.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE