Goethe on books, 1

Some books seem to have been written not to teach us anything, but to let us know that the author has known something.

Gewisse Bücher scheinen geschrieben zu sein, nicht damit man daraus lerne, sondern damit man wisse, daß der Verfasser etwas gewußt hat.

-Maxims and Reflections, No. 72
Translation by Bailey Saunders.

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