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The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe, translated by Thomas Bailey Saunders, Macmillan and Company, 1906, p. 130. Variant translation: "It is not enough to know, we must also apply; it is not enough to will, we must also do."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Source/Notes:
In German: "Alles Gescheite ist schon gedacht worden. Man muss nur versuchen, es noch einmal zu denken." - Sprüche in Prosa [Proverbs in Prose] (1819); Wilhelm Meister's Wanderjahre [Journeyman Years] (1821-1829)

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Born: August 28, 1749

Died: March 22, 1832 (aged 82)

Nationality: German

Occupation: Poet, novelist, playwright, diplomat

Bio: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer, artist, and politician. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels.

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