Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe, (1749-1832) German writer, statesman

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quote

“The main thing is to have a soul that loves the truth and harbours it where he finds it. And another thing: truth requires constant repetition, because error is being preached about us all the time, and not only by isolated individuals but by the masses. In the newspapers and encyclopedias, in schools and universities, everywhere error rides high and basks in the consciousness of having the majority on its side.”

Johann Wolfgang von GoetheJohann Wolfgang von Goethe
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Yep, we hold this truth to be self evident.

cal, lewisville, tx

Anyone who gets all his news and information from only one source is believeing in someone else's opinion

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Anon    6/17/09

I'm not sure his reason for the statement but I have to ask. America? Doesn't any of this ring a bell?

J Carlton, Calgary

Here's an unspoken truth we might want to pass on..."Capital must protect itself in every way... Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process of law the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the strong arm of the law applied by the central power of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principle men now engaged in forming an imperialism of capitalism to govern the world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd." ~ J. P. Morgan The "Republic" has been dead and gone for some time now.

jim k, austin

Never underestimate the power of ignorant people in large numbers. We found that out in the last presidental election.

Bryan Morton, Stuart, FL

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it"

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RBESRQ    6/17/09

LOVE IT! this is a keeper

E Archer, NYC

100 stars! Carlton, the republic isn't dead, it is the real thing, the basis of which is 'truth.' Ignoring the true republic and the rights of man does not change the facts. Yes, we are deluded because we cling to error as truth, but all that is necessary to break the hold is to know the truth and embrace it. Truth crushed to Earth will rise again.

Dr. Dapo, Portland

Only few of us delight in the truth! What happens to the soul of man and woman that make them delight not in the truth. The truth is a narrow road--it needs work--one must labor to stay with the truth. I wonder what happens to the soul!

J Carlton, Calgary

Archer, I'm inclined to agree with you. But its going to take some serious resolve to bring it back.

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    RBESRQ    6/18/09

    The truth is absolute, there always; it never needs to hide, its road is everywhere. We need to rise to truth; we need to do what is right without worry or recourse.

    Patrick Henry, Red Hill

    Ultimately, the Truth must prevail, since nothing substantial underlies the conceits of deceit other than Fallen Man's predisposition to believing lies.

    Human beings belief in unreality cannot serve to render it Reality.

    Robert, Somewhere in the USA

    It certainly does....


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