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Quotes of the Day for 28 August 2001 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born at Frankfurt am Main, Germany on this day in 1749. By the time he was sent to Leipzig to study law at age 15 he spoke six languages. As a poet, novelist, and dramatist he practically defined German intellectual activity for much of his adult life, he also was a scientist and pursued geology, botany, anatomy, physics, and the history of science. Narrowing down the dozens of Goethe quotations in the database to these few was difficult.

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The quotes:

Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action

Whatever liberates our spirit without giving us self-control is disastrous.

Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be, and he will become as he can and should be.

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
     - All of today's quotes are from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1749 - 1832


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