Quote of the Day 4-15-15 (Goethe)

Posted: April 15, 2015 in Quotations
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“At bottom, however, we are all collective beings, pose however we please. For how little we have and how little we are that we can, in the strictest sense, call our own! We must all receive and learn as well from those who were before us as from those who are with us. Even the greatest genius would not get far if he wished to owe everything to what he had within him. but very many worthy men do not understand this and, with their dreams of originality, grope half their lives in the dark. I have known artists who boasted of having no master, rather of owing everything to their own genius. The fools! As if that happened anywhere! And as if the world were not pressing on them at every step and, in spite of their stupidity, making something out of them.”

–J.W. Goethe

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Quoted in The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations

Front cover of "The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations

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