German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Wolfgang_von_Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe[a] (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German poetplaywrightnovelistscientist, statesman, theatre director, and critic.[3] His works include playspoetryliterature and aesthetic criticism, and treatises on botanyanatomy, and colour. He is considered to be the greatest German literary figure of the modern era

Today is Goethe’s birthday. Here is something that he wrote:

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make 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 is escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

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