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October 30, 2009

My real happiness lay in my poetic meditations and creations. But these were very much disturbed and limited and hindered by my worldly position. If I had been able to withdraw more from my involvement in public affairs and business, and to live a more solitary life, I should have been happier and could have done much more as a writer.

Goethe: Conversations and Encounters
Edited and translated by David Luke and Robert Pick
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