Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A man's shortcomings are taken from his epoch; his virtues and greatness belong to himself.
Everyone is deceived in his hopes, cheated in his expectations.
A dim vastness is spread before our souls; the perceptions of our mind are as obscure as those of our vision... But alas! when we have attained our object, when the distant 'there' becomes the present 'here,' all is changed; we are as poor and circumscribed as ever, and our souls still languish for unattainable happiness.
Say what we may of the inadequacy of translation, yet the work is and will always be one of the weightiest and worthiest undertakings in the general concerns of the world.