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Ed Cooke (CEO / Memorise)

I was traveling around the world at the age of 18, which is what people in England do between high school and university. In my coat, I had Goethe's aphorisms, his short little thoughts in my pocket. I read and reread this book... It's actually had quite a fundamental [impact] on my life because these are his little snipets of wisdom on almost any imaginable topic, and all of them are brilliant. There are things like, 'The company of women is schooling in good manners', or 'Boldness has genius, power and magic'. Ones you don't remember in their precise form, but which nonetheless act as little micro filters for interpreting reality.

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Maxims and Reflections is a collection of several hundred brilliant, unforgettable paragraphs and aphorisms by the legendary German Renaissance writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, divided into the categories Life and Character, Literature and Art, Science and Nature. Like the Manual of Epictetus and Seneca’s Letters, Goethe’s Maxims and Reflections is a timeless guide to navigating the mysteries of existence.

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