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Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
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Few people have the imagination for reality. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Few people have the imagination for reality.
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Without haste, but without rest. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Without haste, but without rest.
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None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
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The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
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Doubt can only be removed by action. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Doubt can only be removed by action.
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Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
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As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
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If I love you, what business is it of yours? - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
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You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
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We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
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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 have otherwise occurred...unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
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Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.
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At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.
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I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather....In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or is dehumanized.
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The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, power and grace.
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Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.
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Nothing is more disgusting than the majority: because it consists of a few powerful predecessors, of rogues who adapt themselves, of weak who assimilate themselves, and the masses who imitate without knowing at all what they want.
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If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
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There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.
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One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
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Hell begins the day that God grants you the vision to see all that you could have done, should have done, and would have done, but did not do.
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A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
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Correction does much, but encouragement does more. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
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Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.
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Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach.
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Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do.
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He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
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Everything is hard before it is easy. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Everything is hard before it is easy.
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Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and the we'll need no other light. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and the we'll need no other light.
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It is the color closest to light. In its utmost purity it always implies the nature of brightness and has a cheerful, serene, gently stimulating character. Hence, experience teaches us that yellow makes a thoroughly warm and comforting impression.
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If you want someone to develop a specific trait, treat them as though they already had it. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
If you want someone to develop a specific trait, treat them as though they already had it.
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The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
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A useless life is an early death. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
A useless life is an early death.
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I never knew a more presumptuous person than myself. The fact that I say that shows that what I say is true.
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With little art, clear wit and sense Suggest their own delivery. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
With little art, clear wit and sense Suggest their own delivery.
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Yet through delivery orators succeed, I feel that I am far behind indeed. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Yet through delivery orators succeed, I feel that I am far behind indeed.
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Why look for conspiracy when stupidity can explain so much - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Why look for conspiracy when stupidity can explain so much
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In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.
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Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days... What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.
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Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them.
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Nothing is worse than active ignorance. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Nothing is worse than active ignorance.
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A person hears only what they understand. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
A person hears only what they understand.
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People who think honestly and deeply have a hostile attitude towards the public. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
People who think honestly and deeply have a hostile attitude towards the public.
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To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.
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Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
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What is not started today is never finished tomorrow. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
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Look at a man the way he is and he only becomes worse, but look at him as if he were what he could be, then he becomes what he should be.
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If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.
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Ingratitude is always a kind of weakness. I have never known men of ability to be ungrateful. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Ingratitude is always a kind of weakness. I have never known men of ability to be ungrateful.
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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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Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.
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This is the true measure of love, When we believe that we alone can love, That no one could ever have loved so before us, And that no one will ever love in the same way after us.
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The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.
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I am not omniscient, but I know a lot. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
I am not omniscient, but I know a lot.
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The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.
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Lord Byron is only great as a poet; as soon as he reflects he is a child. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Lord Byron is only great as a poet; as soon as he reflects he is a child.
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There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
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A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
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One is never deceived; one deceives oneself. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
One is never deceived; one deceives oneself.
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The best slave is the one who thinks he is free. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
The best slave is the one who thinks he is free.
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Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.
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Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.
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To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods.
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Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.
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No one is willing to believe that adults too, like children, wander about this earth in a daze and, like children, do not know where they come from or where they are going, act as rarely as they do according to genuine motives, and are as thoroughly governed as they are by biscuits and cake and the rod.
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Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.
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Our passions are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Our passions are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes.
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One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.
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As long as you are not aware of the continual law of Die and Be Again, you are merely a vague guest on a dark Earth.
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Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.
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The man of understanding finds everything laughable. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
The man of understanding finds everything laughable.
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To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.
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We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.
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There are two things parents should give their children roots and wings. Roots to give them bearing and a sense of belonging, but also wings to help free them from constraints and prejudices and give them other ways to travel (or rather, to fly).
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People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.
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Great endowments often announce themselves in youth in the form of singularity and awkwardness. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes
Great endowments often announce themselves in youth in the form of singularity and awkwardness.
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Master and Doctor are my titles; for ten years now, without repose, I held my erudite recitals and led my pupils by the nose.
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Yet through delivery orators succeed, I feel that I am far behind indeed. [Ger., Allein der Vortrag macht des Redners Gluck, Ich fuhl es wohl noch bin ich weit zuruck.]
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