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Ideas of Wolfgang von Goethe, by Text

[German, 1749 - 1832, Author of 'Faust' etc. Lived in Weimar, and elsewhere.]

1825 Maxims and Reflections
140 p.16 The happiest people link the beginning and end of life
180 p.21 To get duties from people without rights, you must pay them well
183 p.21 Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws
203 p.23 Man never understands how anthropomorphic he is
353 p.42 The best form of government teaches us to govern ourselves
442 p.57 We gain self-knowledge through action, not thought - especially when doing our duty
889 p.117 Many people imagine that to experience is to understand