Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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“Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal”
“People should talk less and draw more. Personally, I would like to renounce speech altogether and, like organic nature, communicate everything I have to say visually.”
“All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is exclusively my own.”
“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”
“There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternally new now that builds and creates itself out of the Best as the past withdraws.”
“Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own.”
“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”
“The really unhappy person is the one who leaves undone what they can do, and starts doing what they don't understand; no wonder they come to grief.”
“We don't get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like.”
“Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.”
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