Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!

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If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.

Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and — if at all possible — speak a few sensible words.

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Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. Goethe Faust Quotes

In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

Character develops itself in the stream of life.

If I love you, what business is it of yours?

I love those who yearn for the impossible.

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Nothing is worth more than this day.

This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.

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Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.

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The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.

First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.

There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.

A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. Goethe Faust Quotes

Nine requisites for contented living:
Health enough to make work a pleasure.
Wealth enough to support your needs.
Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them.
Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.
Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.
Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor.
Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.
Faith enough to make real the things of God.
Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.

It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.

Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.

The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.

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This is the true measure of love, When we believe that we alone can love, That no one could ever have loved so before us, And that no one will ever love in the same way after us.

Wisdom is found only in truth.

In art the best is good enough.

All things are only transitory.

Precaution is better than cure.

Live dangerously and you live right.

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.

Personality is everything in art and poetry.

Few people have the imagination for reality.

You can’t, if you can’t feel it, if it never
Rises from the soul, and sways
The heart of every single hearer,
With deepest power, in simple ways.
You’ll sit forever, gluing things together,
Cooking up a stew from other’s scraps,
Blowing on a miserable fire,
Made from your heap of dying ash.
Let apes and children praise your art,
If their admiration’s to your taste,
But you’ll never speak from heart to heart,
Unless it rises up from your heart’s space.
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It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.

Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done.

I call architecture frozen music.

If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.

We can’t form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.

Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.

Love does not dominate; it cultivates.

Common sense is the genius of humanity.

A person hears only what they understand.

Age merely shows what children we remain.

The coward only threatens when he is safe.

Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

If I love you, what business is it of yours?

We will burn that bridge when we come to it.

The right man is the one who seizes the moment.

Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

Every step of life shows much caution is required.

To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods.

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.

Love and desire are the spirit’s wings to great deeds. Goethe Quotes

A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.

Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.

Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.

Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.

A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.

What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.

Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.

If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.

One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.

Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God. Goethe Quotes

Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.

Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.

Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.

Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.

All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.

There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.

We usually lose today, because there has been a yesterday, and tomorrow is coming.

No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.

Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.

Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.

Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home.

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.

Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.

We are never further from what we wish than when we believe that we have what we wished for.

He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.

Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.

There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one’s self on lies and fables.

The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.

The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.

Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.

We don’t get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like.

All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.

Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.

The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.

There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.

Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.

In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.

Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout.

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