Study of the ancient

From the always interesting Laudator:

The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe, tr. Bailey Saunders (New York: Macmillan: 1906), p. 162:

    If we set our gaze on antiquity and earnestly study it, in the desire to form ourselves thereon, we get the feeling as if it were only then that we really became men.

    Denn wenn wir uns dem Altertum gegenüberstellen und es ernstlich in der Absicht anschauen, uns daran zu bilden, so gewinnen wir die Empfindung, als ob wir erst eigentlich zu Menschen würden.

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