Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

Normally, the sciences distance themselves from life and the return to it via a detour.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, from Makarie's Archive (1829).
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One needs only to get old to become milder; I don't see anyone make a mistake I hadn't also made.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, V, 1 (1824).
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It is a maxim of wise government to treat people not as they should be but as they actually are.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter to H. Stephani (June, 1792).
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What right those who govern have to govern they don't question, they just govern. Whether the people have a right to depose them that doesn't concern them. All they are concerned with is that the people will not be tempted to depose them.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, from Makarie's Archive (1829).
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All of us, just because we are able to talk, also believe we are able to talk about language.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, V, 1 (1824).
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There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter to Johann Christian Lobe (July, 1820).
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Music at its best is not in need of novelty; indeed, the older it is, the more one is accustomed to it, the stronger its effect.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).
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What one doesn't understand one doesn't possess.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, III, 1 (1821).
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Legislators or revolutionaries who promise equality coupled with freedom are either phantasts or charlatans.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Letter to Johann Christian Lobe (July, 1820).
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The most original authors of today are original not because they create something new but because they are capable of saying such things as if they had never been said before.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).
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