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- Goethe is one of Germany’s most famous writers but also specialized in anatomy, geology and botany. This book is a collection of his thoughts and maxims, all of which are meant to provoke reflection
- Would immediately write down and give form and structure to all creative thoughts
- The only way to get absurdities of the day in proportion is to compare them with great masses of world history
- Preparation for school is to be found only in the school itself
- You ask which form of government is best? The one which teaches us to govern ourselves
- Scholarly knowledge is greatly retarded by our preoccupation with what is not worth knowing and what is unknowable
- How can we learn self-knowledge? Never by taking thought by rather by action. Try to do your duty and you’ll soon discover what you’re like. But what is your duty? The demands of the day
- Tell me with whom you consort and I will tell you who you are. If you know how you spend your time, then I know what might become of you
- One who is content to simply experience life and act accordingly has all the truth he needs. This is the wisdom of the growing child
- Everything that exists is an analogue of all existing things; that is why existence always and at the same time looks to us both separate and interlocked. If you pursue this analogy too closely, everything coincides identically; if you avoid it, all is scattered into infinity. In both cases contemplation stagnates, either as hyperactive, or else as done to death.
- The particular and the general coincide; the particular is the general made manifest under different conditions
- Truth is not immediately perceptible
- One is never deceived, one deceives oneself
- Knowledge is not enough, we have to apply it, wanting is not enough, there has to be action
- There are people who ponder about their friends’ shortcomings: there’s nothing to be gained by that. I have always been on the look-out for the merits of my opponents and this has been rewarding
- There is no vantage point within an epoch from out of which an epoch can be considered and assessed
What I got out of it
- Definitely some good nuggets to think deeply on and come back to time and again
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