Goethe quote

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.  It is my personal approach that makes the climate.  It is my daily mood that makes the weather.

I possess tremendous power to make a life miserable or joyous.  I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.

I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.

In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a person humanized or dehumanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.  If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them to become what they are capable of becoming.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

German poet, writer, philosopher


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