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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)
QUOTATION: Which is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.
(Welche Regierung die beste sei? Diejenige, die uns lehrt, uns selbst zu regieren.)
ATTRIBUTION: JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe, trans. Bailey Saunders, maxim 225, p. 107 (1893).
SUBJECTS: Government