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A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
No one is more of a slave than he who thinks himself free without being so.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
The deed is all, and not the glory.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust - Part II, 1832)
Patriotism ruins history.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Letter to A. F. Oeser, 1768)
Hope is the second soul of the unhappy.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
The errors of a man are what make him really lovable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
One lives but once in the world.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Clavigo, 1774)
Tell me with whom you associate, and I will tell you who you are.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
There is strong shadow where there is much light.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Goetz von Berlichingen, 1773)
Man errs as long as he strives.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust - Part I, 1808)
Oh my, but art is long and our life is fleeting.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust)
An intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
Over all the mountain tops is peace.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Wanderers Nachtlied, 1821)
Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Goethe Quote: One never goes so far as when one doesn't know...
One never goes so far as when one doesn't know where one is going.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Letter to Carl Friedrich Zelter, 1812)
With knowledge grows doubt.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
We all live on the past, and through the past are destroyed.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
Investigate what is, and not what pleases.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (The Attempt as Mediator of Object and Subject, 1782)
For the rest of it, the last and greatest art is to limit and isolate oneself.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Conversations with Eckermann, 1825)
Love does not dominate, it cultivates. And that is more.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Das Märchen, 1795)
If you want to reach the infinite, explore every aspect of the finite. 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A useless life is an early death.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Iphigenia in Tauris, 1787)
I call architecture frozen music.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Letter to Johann Peter Eckermann, 1829)
A world without love would be no world.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Roman Elegies, 1789)
First let a man teach himself, and then he will be taught by others.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
In the colorful reflection we have what is life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust)
One must be something in order to do something.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Conversations with Eckermann, 1828)
Beauty can never really understand itself.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
I love those who yearn for the impossible.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust - Part II, 1832)
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Goethe Biography

Born: August 28, 1749
Died: March 22, 1832

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German polymath. He was successful as an writer, dramatist, novelist, poet and scientist. He has had an great influence throughout Europe.

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Notable Works

Goetz von Berlichingen (1773)
The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774)
Iphigenia in Tauris (1779)
Egmont (1788)
Metamorphosis of Plants (1790)
Faust: Part I (1808)
Elective Affinities (1809)
Maxims and Reflections (1819)
Faust: Part II (1832)
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