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"However," continued Goethe, "I have had to endure not a little from Tiedge's _Urania_; for, at one time, nothing was sung and nothing was declaimed but this same Urania. Wherever you went, you found _Urania_ on the table. _Urania_ and immortality were the topics of every conversation. I would by no means dispense with the happiness of believing in a future existence, and, indeed, would say, with Lorenzo de' Medici, thatThose are dead even for this life who hope for no other.But such incomprehensible matters lie too far off to be a theme of daily meditation and thought-distracting speculation. Let him who believes in immortality enjoy his happiness in silence, he has no reason to give himself airs about it. The occasion of Tiedge's _Urania_ led me to observe that piety, like nobility, has its aristocracy. I met stupid women, who plumed themselves on believing, with Tiedge, in immortality, and I was forced to bear much dark examination on this point. They... Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
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