I'm annotating an essay by Paul Hensel and he quotes Goethe: "talent is formed in solitude, character in the currents and cataracts of the world." I can't seem to find what the source of this quote is.

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In Goethe's 1790 play Torquato Tasso (see also here) the character Leonora speaks (act 1, scene 2) the lines "Es bildet ein Talent sich in der Stille / Sich ein Charakter in dem Strom der Welt". This can also be translated as "Talent is formed in quiet retreat / Character in the headlong rush of life".


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