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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (, 28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer, artist, and politician. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, and over 10,000 letters written by him are extant, as are nearly 3,000 drawings.

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    It is always a sign of an unproductive time when it concerns itself with petty and technical aspects [in philology], and likewise it is a sign of an unproductive person to pursue such trifles.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    There has been and always will be plenty of arguments about the usefulness and harm of the spreading of the Bible. In my view the Bible will continue to cause harm when used in a dogmatic and fantastic manner; it will do good when used for didactic purposes and with sensitivity.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    Mannerism always wants to be finished and doesn’t enjoy the process. Genuine, truly great talent, however, finds its greatest satisfaction in the production.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    It is a maxim of wise government to treat people not as they should be but as they actually are.
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)

    “O father! O father! now, now, keep your hold,
    The Erl-King has seized me—his grasp is so cold!

    Sore trembled the father; he spurr’d thro’ the wild,
    Clasping close to his bosom his shuddering child;
    He reaches his dwelling in doubt and in dread,
    But, clasp’d to his bosom, the infant was dead.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1799–1832)

    Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong: it is a geographical expression.
    —Otto Von Bismarck (1815–1898)

    Only those who must conquer them every day
    Deserve freedom as well as life.
    —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749–1832)