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Maxims and Reflections

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”

“We look back on our life as a thing of broken pieces, because our mistakes and failures are always the first to strike us, and outweigh in our imagination what we have accomplished and attained.”

“If one has not read the newspapers for some months and then reads them all together, one sees, as one never saw before, how much time is wasted with this kind of literature.”

“Fools and wise-folk are alike harmless. It is the half-wise, and the half-foolish, who are the most dangerous.”

“There are people who make no mistakes because they never wish to do anything worth doing.”

“Legislators and revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time, are either psychopaths or mountebanks.”

“It is much easier to recognise error than to find truth; for error lies on the surface and may be overcome; but truth lies in the depths, and to search for it is not given to every one.”

“Anyone that doesn't know foreign languages knows nothing of his own.”

“A rainbow which lasts for a quarter of an hour is looked at no longer.”

“Reading ought to mean understanding; writing ought to mean knowing something; believing ought to mean comprehending; when you desire a thing, you will have to take it; when you demand it, you will not get it; and when you are experienced, you ought to be useful to others.”

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