Our Monks of Miscellaneous Musings have the photo below in this post. (Read the post. It is most excellent.)
I'm sure Goethe was a fine fellow, but this quote doesn't make much sense. How would you know if your view that you were free was false? If you continually test the hypothesis and the data causes you to deduce that you are indeed free, what difference does it make if you are somehow not free? In all the ways that matter to you, you are free.
I think Goethe had washed his tonsils with one too many steins of beer when he thought this one up.