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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe quotes (112)

Architecture is frozen music.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Arab

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Gravity

The highest happiness of man ... is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Happiness

Nature! We are enveloped and embraced by her incapable of emerging from her and incapable of entering her more deeply. Unbidden and unwarned she receives us into the circuits of her dance drifting onward with us herself until we grow tired and drop from her arms.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Nature

It is quite beyond me how anyone can believe God speaks to us in books and stories. If the world does not directly reveal to us our relationship to it if our hearts fail to tell us what we owe ourselves and others we shall assuredly not learn it from books which are at best designed but to give names to our errors.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Book

Everything in the world may be endured except continued prosperity.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Endure

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Disorder

Live dangerously and you live right.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Live

We lay aside letters never to read them again and at last we destroy them out discretion and so disappears the most immediate breath of life irrecoverably for ourselves and for others.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Letter

It is easier to perceive error than to find truth for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen while the latter lies in the depth where few are willing to search for it.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Lever

Age does not make us childish as some say; it only finds us true children still.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Age

What government is the best? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Government

Viewed from the summit of reason all life looks like a malignant disease and the world like a madhouse.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Disease

A clever man commits no minor blunders.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Mistake

We cant form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Children

He who is firm in will molds the world to himself.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Will

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Dream

He who wishes to exert a useful influence must be careful to insult nothing. Let him not be troubled by what seems absurd but concentrate his energies to the creation of what is good. He must not demolish but build. He must raise temples where mankind may come and partake of the purest pleasure.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Brotherhood

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: If

In the end we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Study

Man supposes that he directs his life and governs his actions when his existence is irretrievably under the control of destiny.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Destiny

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous the sensible man hardly anything.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Intelligent

Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone and if they are dim the whole world is clouded.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Body

The World is so empty if one thinks only of the mountains rivers and cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with usand who though distant is close to us in spirit this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Earth

Be generous with kindly wordsespecially about those who are absent.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Absent

The right man is the one who seizes the moment.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Moments

It is not enough to have knowledge one must also apply it. It is not enough to have wishes one must also accomplish.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Knowledge

The destiny of any nation at any given time depends on the opinions of its young men under five-and-twenty.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Youth

Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Hate

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Adversity

Words are good but there is something better. The best is not to be explained by words. The spirit in which we act is the chief matter. Action can only be understood and represented by the spirit.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Spirit

Only learn to seize good fortune for good fortune is always here.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Fortune

Nothing shows a mans character more than what he laughs at.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Laugh

Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius power and magic in it. Begin it now.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Disney

Correction does much but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Encourage

One never goes so far as when one doesnt know where one is going.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Journey

In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Hope

No one would talk much in society if he knew how often he misunderstands others.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Communicate

If you want to make life easy make it hard.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Easy

Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days.... What you can do or think you can do begin it. For boldness has magic power and genius in it.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Begin

Talent develops in tranquillity character in the full current of human life.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Genius

A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action for one single good poem accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows of natural objects classified with name and form.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Teach

There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Nothing

Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it and others do just the same with their time.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Money

The effects of good music are not just because its new; on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Music

You must either conquer and rule or lose and serve suffer or triumph and be the anvil or the hammer.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Conquer

Our desires presage the capacities within us; they are harbingers of what we shall be able to accomplish. What we can do and want to do is projected in our imagination quite outside ourselves and into the future. We are attracted to what is already ours in secret. Thus passionate anticipation transforms what is indeed possible into dreamt-for reality.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Desire

Talent is nurtured in solitude; character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Talent

Until one is committed there is hesitancy the chance to draw back always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in ones favor all manner of unforeseen incidents meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius power and magic in it. Begin it now.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Commitment

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Debt

He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them needs religion.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Religion

It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   Category: Limits

Nothing is more highly to be prized than the value of each day.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Day

We cannot possess what we do not understand.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Miracle

Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Boy

Nine keys to contentment Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength enough 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 neighbors. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make real things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Content

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: People

Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Diet

Enjoy what thou has inherited from thy sires if thou wouldnt really possess it. What we employ and use is never an oppressive burden; what the moment brings forth that only can it profit by.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Inheritance

Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Immortality

That is the true season 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 love in the same way as us.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Love

Just trust yourself then you will know how to live.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Life

He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Earn

There is repetition everywhere and nothing is found only once in the world.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Repeat

Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place in conversation.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Proverb

An unused life is an early death.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Death

From inaccessible mountain range by way of desert untrod by human foot to the ends of the unknown seas the breath of the everlasting creative spirit is felt rejoicing over every speck of dust that hearkens to it and lives.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Creative

Science and art belong to the whole world and the barriers of nationality vanish before them.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Art

I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Self

Truth is a torch but a tremendous one. That is why we hurry past it shielding our eyes indeed in fear of getting burned.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Truth

Nothing is more damaging to a new truth than an old error.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Habit

Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature with which she indicates how much she loves us.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Unsorted

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whom timidity prevented from making a first effort.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Confidence

If I accept you as you are I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming I help you become that.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Acceptance

As our inclinations so our opinions.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Opinion

Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Character

The coward threatens when he is safe.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Cowardice

Mediocrity has no greater consolation than in the thought that genius is not immortal.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Mediocre

He who does not think too much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Conceit

If you treat an individual as he is he will remain as 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.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Friendship

Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Kindness

A mans manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Manners

Tolerance comes of age. I see no fault committed that I myself could not have committed at some time or other.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   Category: Tolerance

The passing day is prey to error. Time commands success and achievement
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Time

Time does not relinquish its rights either over human beings or over mountains.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Mountains

There is no patriotic art and no patriotic science
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Patriotism

Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you can imagine.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Same

We can offer up much in the large but to make sacrifices in little things is what we are seldom equal to.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Sacrifice

I can promise to be frank I cannot promise to be impartial.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Impartial

By nature we have no defect that could not become a strength no strength that could not become a defect.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Defect

The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Literature

When we treat man as he is we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be we make him what he should be.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Despise

He is the happiest be he king or peasant who finds peace in his home.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Home

Only law can give us freedom.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Freedom

Where there is much light the shadow is deep.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Contrast

People have a peculiar pleasure in making converts that is in causing others to enjoy what they enjoy thus finding their own likeness represented and reflected back to them.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Convert

A person can stand almost anything except a succession of ordinary days.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Ordinary

Since time is not a person we can overtake when he is past let us honor him with mirth and cheerfulness of heart while he is passing.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Present

Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in whether he has aptitude for it or not.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Imitation

If you must tell me your opinions tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Doubt

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Beauty

Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Growth

Once one knows what really matters one ceases to be voluble. And what does really matter? That is easy: thinking and doing doing and thinking and these are the sum of all wisdom.... Both must move ever onward in life to and fro like breathing in and breathing out. Whoever makes it a rule to test action by thought thought by action cannot falter and if he does will soon find his way back to the right road.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Matter

One ought everyday at least to hear a little song read a good poem see a fine picture and if it were possible to speak a few reasonable words.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Culture

Everything a human being wants can be divided into four components love adventure power and fame.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Want

The further one advances in experience the closer one comes to the unfathomable; the more one learns to utilize experience the more one recognizes that the unfathomable is of no practical value.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Experience

Behavior is a mirror in which every one displays his own image.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Behavior

One mans word is no mans word; we should quietly hear both sides.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Justice

Human beings by change renew rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Change

When ideas fail words come in very handy.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Idea

A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Observe

Whoever makes it a rule to test action by thought thought by action cannot falter and if he does will soon find his way back to the right road.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Action