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Ben P.

Thanks for sharing it - it *is* a great quote :-)

Don Kilpatrick

Thank you for this great quote. I can honestly say that it is now one of my favorite quotes! I can see it becoming my mantra.


it's a lovely quote! but i'm sure that mr goethe never had pms to reckon with :)


nice quote. Another one from Goethe to the same effect- Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.


Am just putting together counselling leaflet and part of this speech is being included on it! Love it - I read it every morning!

Stig Arnesen

I am sorry to say, but this quote is not from Goethe. The quote comes from the book "Teacher and Child" by Dr. Haim
Ginott , New York, NY: Collier.

Just check with

Shelley Noble

I've been Googling to discern the incredible quote's origin and it would seem that Dr. Haim Ginott's version may be precedent.

But I must say, I even more strongly prefer the version posted above. It takes on so much more power and profound meaning when applied to the self! Speaking for myself.

Henry Lyon

Very effective quote in the realm of education, but when relating it to the 'true self' or superego against the astral or etherical self it becomes even more powerful. Thanks for posting it - perfect for my research.


great quote. I'm just starting a typography project on the theme of 'speech'. These words have great potential for coming a live of a creatively typeset page. Loving your blog.

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