All theory, dear friend, is grey, but the golden tree of actual life springs ever green.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Contributed by: Zaady
That is the true season of love, when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will love in the same way as us.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Truth is a torch but a tremendous one. That is why we hurry past it, shielding our eyes, indeed, in fear of getting burned.
A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.
Source: Elective Affinities
Whoever makes it a rule to test action by thought, thought by action, cannot falter, and if he does, will soon find his way back to the right road.
Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you can imagine.
There is repetition everywhere, and nothing is found only once in the world.
Who longs in solitude to live, Ah! soon his wish will gain: Men hope and love, men get and give, and leave him to his pain.
Source: Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship
Who never ate his bread in sorrow, Who never spent the darksome hours Weeping, and watching for the morrow,- He knows you not, ye heavenly Powers.
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