Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born 28 August 1749, and died 22 March 1832
- As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
- Patriotism ruins history.
- Everyone believes in his youth that the world really began with him, and that all merely exist for his sake.
- There is strong shadow where there is much light.
- All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.
- Common sense is the genius of humanity.
- Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
- We can’t form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.
- Investigate what is, and not what pleases.
- 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.
- Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.
- Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.
Goethe was a German writer, artist, and politician. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels.
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