Conversations of Goethe with Johann Peter Eckermann

As soon as we are born, the world begins to work upon us, and this goes on to the end. And, after all, what can we call our own except energy, strength, and will? If I could give an account of all that I owe to great predecessors and contemporaries, there would be but a small balance in my favour.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Conversations of Goethe with Johann Peter Eckermann

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