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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Few people are capable of concerning themselves with the most recent past. Either the present holds us violently captive, or we lose ourselves in the distant past and strive with might and main to recall and restore what is irrevocably lost. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Elective Affinities. (Oxford University Press, March 1999) Originally published… Continue reading Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I am proud of my heart alone, it is the sole source of everything, all our strength, happiness and misery. All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own. ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther. (Modern Library; Reprint edition, February 8, 2005) Originally published… Continue reading Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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