1749-1832. German poet, novelist and dramatist, author of "Faust".
Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.
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Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of evolution and dissolution.
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Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
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The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
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One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
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The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.
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He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
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A useless life is an early death.
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Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.
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We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
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