Goethe on self-knowledge, 1

One is never able to write to a friend
about that of oneself
that was most interesting to him
because one doesn’t really know
what’s interesting about oneself.

Man ist niemals imstande, dem Freunde
das von sich zu schreiben,
was ihm am interessantesten war,
weil man eigentlich selbst nicht weiß,
was an einem interessant ist.

-Letter to Lavater, December 3, 1781
Translation by Goethe Global.

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