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The time has come to prove by deeds that man will not quake before the pit where fantasy condemns itself to tortures of its own creation when he advances to the narrow passageway about whose mouth infernal flames are blazing. Approach the brink serenely and accept the risk of melting into nothingness.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust)
There is constant life in Nature, motion and development; and yet she remains where she was. She is eternally changing, nor for a moment does she stand still. Of rest she knows nothing, and to all stagnation she has affixed her curse. She is steadfast; her step is measured, her exceptions rare, her laws immutable.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
People often say to themselves in life that they should avoid a variety of occupation, and, more particularly, be the less willing to enter upon new work the older they grow. But it is easy to talk, easy to give advice to oneself and others. To grow old is itself to enter upon a new business; all the circumstances change, and a man must either cease acting altogether, or willingly and consciously take over the new role.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
When I observe the luminous progress and expansion of natural science in modern times, I seem to myself like a traveller going eastwards at dawn, and gazing at the growing light with joy, but also with impatience; looking forward with longing to the advent of the full and final light, but, nevertheless, having to turn away his eyes when the sun appeared, unable to bear the splendour he had awaited with so much desire.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Maxims and Reflections, 1819)
Noble be man,
Helpful and good!
For that alone
Sets him apart
From every other creature
On earth.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Das Gottliche, 1783)
If ever I to the moment shall say:
Beautiful moment, do not pass away!
Then you may forge your chains to bind me,
Then I will put my life behind me,
Then let them hear my death-knell toll,
Then from your labours you'll be free,
The clock may stop, the clock-hands fall,
And time come to an end for me!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Faust - Part I, 1808)
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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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