Human beings reveal their character most clearly by what they find ridiculous.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, statesman, scientist
Elective Affinities (1809) [tr. Hollingdale (1971)
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Alternate translations:
  • "Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable."
  • "There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at."
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 22-Oct-21
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