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545 Inspiring Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Wikipedia Summary for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and amateur artist. His works include plays, poetry, literary, and aesthetic criticism, and treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour. He is considered to be the greatest German literary figure of the modern era.

Goethe took up residence in Weimar in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774). He was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August, in 1782. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe became a member of the Duke's privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar's botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace.

Goethe's first major scientific work, the Metamorphosis of Plants, was published after he returned from a 1788 tour of Italy. In 1791 he was made managing director of the theatre at Weimar, and in 1794 he began a friendship with the dramatist, historian, and philosopher Friedrich Schiller, whose plays he premiered until Schiller's death in 1805. During this period Goethe published his second novel, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship; the verse epic Hermann and Dorothea, and, in 1808, the first part of his most celebrated drama, Faust. His conversations and various shared undertakings throughout the 1790s with Schiller, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Johann Gottfried Herder, Alexander von Humboldt, Wilhelm von Humboldt, and August and Friedrich Schlegel have come to be collectively termed Weimar Classicism.

The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer named Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship one of the four greatest novels ever written, while the American philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson selected Goethe as one of six "representative men" in his work of the same name (along with Plato, Emanuel Swedenborg, Montaigne, Napoleon, and Shakespeare). Goethe's comments and observations form the basis of several biographical works, notably Johann Peter Eckermann's Conversations with Goethe (1836).

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I bid the chords sweet music make, And all must follow in my wake.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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But when all is said, the greatest art is to limit and isolate oneself.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The older I get the more I trust in the law according to which the rose and the lily bloom.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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For a strolling damsel a doubtful reputation bears.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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We will burn that bridge when we come to it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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General ideas and great conceit are always a fair way to bring about terrible misfortune.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Night is the other half of life, and the better half.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Colour itself is a degree of darkness.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue rose with water droplet

Great endowments often announce themselves in youth in the form of singularity and awkwardness.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Wishes are premonitions of abilities.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The coward only threatens when he is safe.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A person hears only what they understand.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A rainbow which lasts for a quarter of an hour is looked at no longer.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

Two souls, alas, are housed within my breast, and each will wrestle for the mastery there.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Because everyone uses language to talk, everyone thinks he can talk about language.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Begin it now.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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We can really respect a man only if he doesn't always look out for himself.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Love can do much, but duty more.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The highest goal that man can achieve is amazement.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What dazzles, for the moment spends its spirit; Whats genuine, shall posterity inherit.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Some people spend the day in complaining of a headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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All theory, my friend, is grey, But green is life's glad golden tree.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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On top of the world, or in the depths of despair.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Nothing should be valued higher than the value of the day.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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One should not search for anything behind the phenomena. They themselves are the message.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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We are all pilgrims who seek Italy.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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So divinely is the world organized that every one of us, in our place and time, is in balance with everything else.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Of all peoples the Greeks have dreamt the dream of life best.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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There is no outward sign of true courtesy that does not rest on a deep moral foundation.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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It is bad governments, not bad people, who cause revolutions.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Thou tremblest before anticipated ills, and still bemoanest what thou never losest.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Who longs in solitude to live, Ah! soon his wish will gain: Men hope and love, men get and give, and leave him to his pain.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What people call the spirit of the times is mostly their own spirit in which the times mirror themselves.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The present is a powerful deity.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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He who is and remains true to himself and to others has the most attractive quality of the greatest talent.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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We would not say very much in company if we realized how often we misunderstand what others say.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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But there are times," said Charlotte, "when it is necessary and an act of friendship to write nothing rather than not to write.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I could be living the best and happiest of lives if only I were not a fool.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Superstition is part of the poetry of life.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and the we'll need no other light.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Just trust yourself and you'll learn the art of living.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Lord Byron is only great as a poet; as soon as he reflects he is a child.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Hypotheses are lullabies for teachers to sing their students to sleep.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Enthusiasm is of the greatest value, so long as we are not carried away by it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I let everyone follow his own bent, that I may be free to follow mine.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune's always here.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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We are pantheists as natural scientists, polytheists as poets, and monotheists as moral beings.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Poetry is the universal possession of mankind, revealing itself everywhere, and at all times, in hundreds and hundreds of men.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Nothing puts me so completely out of patience as the utterance of a wretched commonplace when I am talking from my inmost heart.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What then is your duty? What the day demands.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Viewed from the summit of reason, all life looks like a malignant disease and the world like a madhouse.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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True works of art contain their own theory and give us the measurement according to which we should judge them.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I can tell you, honest friend, what to believe: believe life; it teaches better that book or orator.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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These auspicious aspects, which the astrologers subsequently interpreted for me, may have been the causes of my preservation.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The world remains ever the same.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Make the most of time, it flies away so fast; yet method will teach you to win time.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Our wishes are presentiments of the abilities that lie in us, harbingers of what we will be able to accomplish.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Doubt grows with knowledge.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Character is constructed amidst the tempests of the World.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Gifts come from above in their own peculiar forms.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Only air and light and the love of friends! Let no man lose heart who still has these.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A great revolution is never the fault of the people, but of the government.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Talent is nurtured in solitude; character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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He who does not know foreign languages does not know anything about his own.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Money lost, something lost. Honor lost, much lost. Courage lost, everything lost-better you were never born.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Action has magic, grace and power in it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The confidant of my vices is my master, though he were my valet.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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True art can only spring from the intimate linking of the serious and the playful.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Marriage is the beginning and pinnacle of civilization.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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After fifteen minutes nobody looks at a rainbow.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Still this planet's soil for noble deeds grants scope abounding.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What matters in art is not thinking but making.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

raging waves through shores

I will not be as those who spend the day in complaining of headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The person who in shaky times also wavers only increases the evil, but the person of firm decision fashions the universe.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Error is to truth as sleep is to waking. I have observed that one turns, as if refreshed, from error back to truth.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Love does not dominate; it cultivates.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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To quit smoking, you must first want to quit, but then you must also do the quitting.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The flowers are full of honey, but only the bee finds out the sweetness.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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All our knowledge is symbolic.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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One spares old people just as one spares children.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Literature decays only as men become more and more corrupt.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Dispel not, the happy delusions of children.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Arizona landscape

One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The arts are the salt of the earth; as salt relates to food, the arts relate to technology.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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It is one of Heaven's best gifts to hold such a dear creature in one's arms.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The happy do not believe in miracles.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Everything is just how I imagined it, yet everything is new.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The effects of good music are not just because it's new; on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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There are men who never err, because they never propose anything rational.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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You don't love if you don't take the beloved's faults for virtues.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Prudent and active men, who know their strength and use it with limit and circumspection, alone go far in the affairs of the world.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Normally, the sciences distance themselves from life and the return to it via a detour.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A well-bred carriage is difficult to imitate; for in strictness it is negative, and it implies a long-continued previous training.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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How many kings are governed by their ministers, how many ministers by their secretaries? Who, in such cases, is really the chief?

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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No prudent antagonist thinks light of his adversaries.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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All that is noble is in itself of a quiet nature, and appears to sleep until it is aroused and summoned forth by contrast.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

person doing yoga exercises

He who is resolute conquers grief.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

black fawn pug playing with plush toy

It is not easy in this world for one person to understand the next one.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What I possess, seems far away to me, and what is gone becomes reality.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The one who acts is always without conscience; nobody has a conscience but the contemplative person.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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He who does not see the whole world in his friends, does not deserve that the world should hear of him.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I can promise to be upright, but not to be without bias.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Whatever Nature undertakes, she can only accomplish it in a sequence. She never makes a leap.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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To accept good advice is but to increase one's own ability.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A human being needs only a small plot of ground on which to be happy, and even less to lie beneath.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

snow mountains under nightsky

The coward threatens when he is safe.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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How often do I lull my seething blood to rest, for you have never seen anything so unsteady, so uncertain, as this heart.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The Evil One has left, the evil ones remain.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Against great advantages in another, there are no means of defending ourselves except love.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Thou must (in commanding and winning, or serving and losing, suffering or triumphing) be either anvil or hammer.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The threshold is the place of expectation.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Care is taken that trees do not grow into the sky.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Painting and tattooing the body is a return to animalism.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

Truth must be repeated again and again, because error is constantly being preached round about.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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So long as you live and work, you will be misunderstood; to that you must resign yourself once and for all. Be silent!

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Woman is mistress of the art of completely imbittering the life of the person on whom she depends.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Life is too short to drink bad wine.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Mastery passes often for egotism.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue and white abstract painting

Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

The church alone beyond all question Has for ill-gotten goods the right digestion.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green trees under white sky during daytime

Where confidence is wanting, the most beautiful flower in the garland of love is missing.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette of stones during golden hour

Once I blazed across the sky,
Leaving trails of flame;
I fell to earth, and here I lie
Who'll help me up again?
-A Shooting Star.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white petaled flower bloom during daytime

Unrest and uncertainty are our lot.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

yellow painted wall

In comradeship is danger countered best.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset hgihway

Gray are all the theories, But green is the tree of life.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A view of the night showing stars

We rather confess our moral errors, faults, and crimes than our ignorance.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green tree under blue sky during night time

The sea is flowing ever, The land retains it never.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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That which issues from the heart alone,
Will bend the hearts of others to your own.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

fine trees waving

It is only in misery that we recognize the hand of God leading good men to good.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Arizona landscape donkey

I see no end to my misery but the grave.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Arizona landscape

All things are only transitory.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

castle surrounded fog

When two people are really happy about one another one can generally assume they are mistaken.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

grassland landscape

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue mountains at daytime

Nothing is true, but that which is simple.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

lighted candle in dark room

Humor is one of the elements of genius -- admirable as an adjunct; but as soon as it becomes dominant, only a surrogate for genius.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

I always seek the good that is in people and leave the bad to Him who made mankind and knows how to round off the corners.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red rose in close up photography

One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is the intermixing of different genres.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

beach shore during day time

If you ask what the people here are like, I must tell you, "Like people everywhere!" Uniformity marks the human race.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

lion on green grass during golden hour

I will say with Lorenzo de Medici that those who do not hope for another life are always dead to this one.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

assorted books on wooden table

All theory is gray, my friend. But forever green is the tree of life.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Reasonable men are the best dictionaries of conversation.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

four person standing beside wall

Where the light is brightest, the shadows are deepest.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red white and blue flag

Is it life, I ask, is it even prudence, To bore thyself and bore the students?

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pink tulip flower

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset

If you wish to advance into the infinite, explore the finite in all directions.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green ceramic mug beside book

Let him who believes in immortality enjoy his happiness in silence; he has no reason to give himself airs about it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Oak Creek Sedona

We must be young to do great things.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown pathway between green plants

Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

woman in black and white jacket standing on brown sand during daytime

Nothing is worse than active ignorance.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

Only the heart without a stain knows ease.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

aerial photo of foggy mountains

Once you have missed the first buttonhole you'll never manage to button up.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

A noble man is led far by woman's gentle words.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

yellow flower

Science has been seriously retarded by the study of what is not worth knowing and of what is not knowable.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A nation that doesn't honor its past, has no future.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

Good children's literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

crescent moon above mountain

Modest men must needs endure, And the bold must humbly bow; Thus thy fate's the same, be sure, Whether bold or modest thou.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

I love those who yearn for the impossible.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

selective-focus photograph of gray bird on tree branch

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white bicycle parked beside wall

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

It is better to be doing the most insignificant thing than to reckon even a half-hour insignificant.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

palm tree under orange sky

The greatest joy of a thinking man is to have searched the explored and to quietly revere the unexplored.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

woman carrying toddler on seashore

Mysteries are not necessarily miracles.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

yellow sunflower on white wall

The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

Life teaches us to be less harsh with ourselves and with others.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

Faust: Who holds the devil, let him hold him well, He hardly will be caught a second time.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

mountains with trees under white star at night

The mob has nothing to lose, everything to gain.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset

All sects seem to me to be right in what they assert, and wrong in what they deny.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

close up shot of white flower

Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

Our modern wars make many unhappy while they last and none happy when they are over.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue sky with stars during night time

Give me the benefit of your convictions, if you have any; but keep your doubts to yourself, for I have enough of my own.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

Legislators and revolutionaries who promise both equality and liberty are visionaries and charlatans.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

To live as one likes is plebian the noble man aspires to order and law.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue rose with water droplet

A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green plants beside brown wooden door

We amuse ourselves painting our prison-walls with bright figures and brilliant landscapes.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

purple and white petaled flower

Thus one can observe that those who proclaim piety as their goal and purpose usually turn into hypocrites.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red flowers with water droplets

I am certain that I have been here as I am now a thousand times before, and I hope to return a thousand times.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

We gladly put antiquity above our age but not posterity. Only a father doesn't begrudge his son's talent.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

cluster of stars in the sky

Hatred is a heavy burden. It sinks the heart deep in the breast, and lies like a tombstone on all joys.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset with agave stem

Out of moderation a pure happiness springs.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white-and-pink flowers

For many people, one of the most frustrating aspects of life is not being able to understand other people's behavior.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

selective photography of dried leaf

Poor fool! in whose petty estimation all things are little.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white and blue floral textile

To make a young couple love each other, it is only necessary to oppose and separate them.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pink umbrella

There is repetition everywhere, and nothing is found only once in the world.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blooming yellow sunflower field

A wife is a gift bestowed upon man to reconcile him to the loss of paradise.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

yellow sunflowers

He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope

Plunge boldly into the thick of life!

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

wide lake over sunset view

When you lose interest in anything, you also lose the memory for it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

multicolored abstract painting

To tremble before anticipated evils is to bemoan what thou hast never lost.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man playing soccer during daytime

He is the happiest man who can see the connection between the end and the beginning of life.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green trees under white clouds

I always had an aversion to your apostles of freedom; each but sought for himself freedom to do what he liked.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

A great deal may be done by severity, more by love, but most by clear discernment and impartial justice.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown leaf tree facing the lake

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

The mortal race is far too weak not to grow dizzy on unwonted brights.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man raising arms between greenfield

One can't dull a project better than by discussing it repeatedly.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pink flower with green stem

Confronted by outstanding merit, there is no way of saving one's ego except by love.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red white and blue flag

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

smiling woman

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

three person looking stars and milky way

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pink and white roses on white surface

No limit, no definition, may restrict the range or depth of the human spirit's passage into its own secrets or the world's.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green mountain ]

If one doesn't know one's own country, one doesn't have standards for foreign countries.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

None

Desire is the presentiment of our inner abilities, and the forerunner of our ultimate accomplishments.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Arizona landscape

Self-love exaggerates our faults as well as our virtues.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green leaf tree on shore

Let memory fail as long as our judgement remains intact when needed.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

As long as you don't practice it, this dying and becoming, You are only a dreary guest on this dark earth.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

shallow focus photo of green leaves

One man's word is no man's word; we should quietly hear both sides.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pink and red flowers

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red tulip in bloom during daytime

To tremble before anticipated evils is to bemoan what thou hast never lost.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

purple and black skies

You must be either the servant or the master, the hammer or the anvil.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red rose

Everything is both simpler than we can imagine, and more complicated that we can conceive.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

rock mountain during starry night

He who is plenteously provided for from within needs but little from without.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white and red flower with green leaves

To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult of all.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

selective focus photography of sunflower

Few people have the imagination for reality.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

aerial photo of green trees

Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

closed door

What reason would grope for in vain, spontaneous impulse ofttimes achieves at a stroke, with light and pleasureful guidance.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

Time is my estate: to Time I'm heir.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

people walking on hallway

We are our own devils; we drive ourselves out of our Edens.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

Two souls dwell, alas! in my breast.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset

If each one does their duty as an individual and if each one works in their own proper vocation, it will be right with the whole.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

black and white photo of woman looking upward

Too rigid scruples are concealed pride.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime

Nothing is more dangerous than solitude.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

purple and black skies

For what one has in black and white, One can carry home in comfort.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pink rose

What have the Germans gained by their boasted freedom of the press, except the liberty of abusing each other as they like?

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown wooden table clock at 10 10

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

road between yellow leaf trees at daytime

The spirit from which we act is the principal matter.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

golden retriever inside car

If only these treasures were not so fragile as they are precious and beautiful.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

a couple holding hands with a wedding ring visible

Talent develops in tranquility, character in the full current of human life.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown wooden table clock at 10 10

Seldom in the business and transactions of ordinary life, do we find the sympathy we want.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silver round analog wall clock

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

clear hour glass with brown frame

There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green trees

Oh God, how do the world and heavens confine themselves, when our hearts tremble in their own barriers!

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

close shot of yellow flowers

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

The right man is the one who seizes the moment.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

closeup photo of green leafed plant

I call architecture frozen music.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

I prefer an injurious truth to a useful error. Truth heals any pain it may inflict on us.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white pampas grasses near body of water at daytime

Names are but noise and smoke, Obscuring heavenly light.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

No kitchen my grate Yet roasts it and boils it Both early and late.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

rainbow

If you want someone to develop a specific trait, treat them as though they already had it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white flower with black background

For that is love's nature that it lays claim to exclusive right and that all other claims are nil.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

clear liquid on leaf

The rabble also vent their rage in words.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

close up photography of moon

Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red tulips

And those whom once my song had cheered and gladdened, If still they live, rove through the world now saddened.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

For a brave man deserves a well-endowed girl.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

photography of white wall lot

Shakespeare is a great psychologist, and whatever can be known of the heart of man may be found in his plays.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

three pink tulip flowers

Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

person wearing brown and white watch

Wisdom is found only in truth.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

Stones are mute teachers; they silence the observer, and the most valuable lesson we learn from them we cannot communicate.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

landscape photography of green tree

It is delivery that makes the orators success.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Without haste! without rest! Bind the motto to thy breast! Bear it with thee as a spell; Storm or sunshine , guard it well.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

Time is a strange thing. It is a whimsical tyrant, which in every century has a different face for all that one says and does.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white rose enclosed photograph

An absent friend gives us friendly company when we are well assured of his happiness.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown and gray mountains during daytime

Beauty is at once the ultimate principle and the highest aim of art.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

boat docked near house

Everything transitory is but an image.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

The day is committed to error and floundering; success and achievement are matters of long range.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

grayscale photo of elephant on grass field

‘Know thyself?' If I knew myself, I'd run away.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

yellow painted wall

When one is polite in German, one lies.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

None

Master and Doctor are my titles; for ten years now, without repose, I held my erudite recitals and led my pupils by the nose.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

clear liquid on leaf

Habit is the most imperious of all masters.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

plain

Whoever would do good in the world, ought not to deal in censure. We ought not to destroy, but rather construct.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

Flowers are the beautiful hieroglyphics of nature with which she indicates how much she loves us.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue sky with stars during night time

Daily life is more instructive than the most effective book.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

woman and man holding hands

A clever man commits no minor blunders.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

purple and white clouds during night time

La fantasia è un dono di Dio, dissi, perchè ho potuto credere, per un momento, che quelle parole fossero dirette a me.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown and white wooden star print board

A man's errors are what make him amiable.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset grasslands

If you don't know foreign languages, you don't know anything about your own.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green palm plant

Oblivion is full of people who allow the opinions of others to overrule their belief in themselves.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

time lapse photography of lightning during storm

Since you know me and my destiny only too well, you probably also know what attracts me to all unfortunate people.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Blue to purple gradient

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

purple, white, and pink floral painting

Always to distrust is an error, as well as always to trust.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

body of water under clear blue sky painting

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

crack in wall

Deny yourself! You must deny yourself! That is the song that never ends.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

cactus flowers

Modern poets mix too much water with their ink.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

two gold-colored skeleton keys

Nothing is worth more than this day.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man in blue tank top holding green and black skateboard

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

photography of yellow petaled flowers field

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette photography of mountains

Într-adevăr ştiu multe, dar aş vrea să ştiu totul.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

A reasonable man needs only to practice moderation to find happiness.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

shooting star in night sky

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette of mountain during sunset

Nothing is to be rated higher than the value of the day.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

Children, love one another, and if that is not possible-at least try to put up with one another.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

Upon the creatures we have made, we are, ourselves, at last, dependent.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red blue yellow and red paint

Colours are the deeds of light, its deeds and sufferings.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

raindrops on clear window

All that is transitory is but a metaphor.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue and white striped textile

When God created us, he founded
His living nature for our home;
But you sit in this gloom, surrounded
By mildred skull and arid bone.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown pathway between green plants

Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

selective photography of green leaf plant

Aptitudes are assumed, they should become accomplishments. That is the purpose of all education.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

shallow focus photography of stack of books

True happiness springs from moderation.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red rose flower

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

In every artist there is a touch of audacity without which no talent is conceivable.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

purple flower in macro lens

Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset

There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on how one looks at it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette photography of trees and sky

The world is so full of simpletons and madmen, that one need not seek them in a madhouse.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue sky with white clouds

What man does not know,
Or has not thought of,
Wanders in the night
Through the labyrinth of the mind.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white tulip flower in close up photography

No one feels himself easy in a garden which does not look like the open country.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

Danger takes from a man all power of thought.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man and woman holding hands in silhouette photography

Writing history is a method of getting rid of the past.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white-and-pink flowers

One who has passed the thirtieth year
already is as good as dead --
it would be best to kill you off by then.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white ceramic pencil organizer on top of stack of books

Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pink flowers in vase

What a torment it is to see so much loveliness passing and repassing before us, and yet not dare to lay hold of it!

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

shade under a green-leafed tree

Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

black portable vinyl records

Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

black and white window illustration

Culture which smooth the whole world licks, Also unto the devil sticks.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

mountains covered with fog

The shudder of awe is humanity's highest faculty,
Even though this world is forever altering its values.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

round black and white analog alarm clock

Two souls, alas, are housed within my breast,
And each will wrestle for the mastery there.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

trees at sunset

The society of women is the element of good manners.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

fine trees waving

The follies of the wise man are known to himself, but hidden from the world.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red flowers with water droplets

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

What is predestination? Answer: God is more powerful and wiser than we are, therefore he deals with us according to his pleasure.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

None

Alas! how much there is in education, and in our social institutions, to prepare us and our children for insanity.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

selective focus photo of green snake plant

Difficulties increase the nearer we get to the goal.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

Our passions are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

lightning strike at night

Riches amassed in haste will diminish; but those collected by hand and little by little will multiply.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pink rose

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

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Then, indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette of person jumping in mid air

He who does not stretch himself according to the coverlet finds his feet uncovered.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man and woman kissing

One cannot develop taste from what is of average quality but only from the very best.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

mixed paints in a plate

A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silver bell alarm clock

Let your trouble be Light will follow dark Though the heaven falls You may hear the lark.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green and blue chevron textile

Behaviour is a mirror in which every one displays his own image.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset over hill

Character develops itself in the stream of life.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white pendant lamp

It matters little whether a man be mathematically or philologically or artistically cultivated, so he be but cultivated.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Legislators and revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time, are either psychopaths or mountebanks.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

It's true that nothing in this world makes us so necessary to others as the affection we have for them.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red textile in close up photography

There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

A distracted existence leads us to no goal.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

purple and white clouds during night time

As long as you are not aware of the continual law of Die and Be Again, you are merely a vague guest on a dark Earth.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red

The important thing in life is to have a great aim, and the determination to attain it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man riding on boat on body of water

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

snow mountains under nightsky

I am not omniscient, but I know a lot.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

woman singing on stage

If it is the greatest truth that you seek, the plants can direct you.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green mountain ]

Solitude is fine when you are at peace with yourself and have something definite to do.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

black bird on brown tree branch during daytime

Patriotism ruins history.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Arizona landscape

The march of intellect, which licks all the world into shape, has even reached the devil.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pink flower

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

photography of lake near tree

The wealth that cannot be administered is a burden.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man in blue tank top holding green and black skateboard

A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

orange moon during nighttime

A wife is a gift bestowed upon a man to reconcile him to the loss of paradise.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

Men's wretchedness in soothe I so deplore, Not even I would plague the sorry creatures more.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

multicolored abstract painting

Anyone that doesn't know foreign languages knows nothing of his own.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset highway

Happy the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and his powers.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man in blue tank top holding green and black skateboard

One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be a man.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

Our hands we open of our own free will, and the good flies, which we can never recall.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red surface

I know nothing more mocking than a devil that despairs.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

close shot of yellow flowers

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

clear glass hour glass with black liquid

No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue sky with white clouds

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue wallpaper

A good man, through obscurest aspirations Has still an instinct of the one true way.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

Great possessions and great want of them are both strong temptations.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

grayscale photo of pug on floor

Whoever strenuously endeavors, him we can rescue.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

plain

The important thing in life is to have great aim and to possess the aptitude and the perseverance to attain it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

selective focus photo of brown and blue hourglass on stones

No sacred fane requires us to submit to insult.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pink tulip in bloom close up photo

Austere perseverance, hash and continuous... rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistible greater with time.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

No one can walk beneath palm trees with impunity, and ideas are sure to change in a land where elephants and tigers are at home.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

landscape photography of road at savannah

Kindness is the golden thread that holds society together.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

person holding pocket watch

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

A man's shortcomings are taken from his epoch; his virtues and greatness belong to himself.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue and white abstract painting

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

woman standing on sunflower field

To like things like, whatever one may ail; There is certain help.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green trees under white clouds

Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

orange flowers

Every spoken word arouses our self-will.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

boy and cat in front of moon

One is never satisfied with the portrait of a person that one knows.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

yellow sunflowers

One is led astray alike by sympathy and coldness, by praise and by blame.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red and yellow abstract painting

Those who have no hope for a future life are already dead for the present one.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red strawberry fruit on red surface

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown and red paint brushes

Ohne Hast, aber ohne Rast. -- Without haste, but without rest.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

landscape photography of horizon

Jupiter's welcome to more from his Juno if he can get it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

two gold-colored skeleton keys

Time flies, and what is past is done.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Arizona landscape

He is dead in this world who has no belief in another.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

grey hlalway

Doesn't surprise me that Christ our Lord preferred to live with whores and sinners, seeing I go in for that myself.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Arizona landscape

Duty is the demand of the hour.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown and gray stick

The rogue has everywhere the advantage.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

two white flowers

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

elephants on green grass field during daytime

What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

donkey

Blood is a very special juice.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown and black tiger near body of water

Personality is everything in art and poetry.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown sands

Toleration ought in reality to be merely a transitory mood. It must lead to recognition. To tolerate is to affront.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

gray asphalt road

Beware of a man of one book.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

Divide and command, a wise maxim; Unite and guide, a better.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

None

It is sometimes essential for a husband and a wife to quarrel -- they get to know each other better.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

city lights from hill

If you have science and art,
You also have religion;
But if you don't have them,
You better have religion.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

orange tabby cat on black textile

Piety, like nobility, has its aristocracy.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

rocks near shore during nighttime

Life is the childhood of our immortality.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green forest during daytime

Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man in black jacket and pants jumping on white rock

Belief is not the beginning of knowledge -- it is the end.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

cloudy sky

He who doesn't see his lover's faults as virtues is not in love.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

We are the slaves of objects around us, and appear little or important according as these contract or give us room to expand.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green leaf

Several classical sayings that one likes to repeat had quite a different meaning from the ones later times attributed to them.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white and black bird

Merely to breathe freely does not mean to live.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset

The day is of infinite length for him who knows how to appreciate and use it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

yellow sunflower in close up photography

We more readily confess to errors, mistakes and shortcomings in our conduct than in our thought.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

yellow flower in green grass field

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

two white flowers

What you have inherited from your fathers, earn over again for yourselves, or it will not be yours.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

multicolored heart LED light on wall

Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

round Timex analog clock at 2:33

Grau, teurer Freund, ist alle Theorie und grün des Lebens goldner Baum.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

When a man is old he must do more than when he was young.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

A man is really alive only when he delights in the good-will of others.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset woman at beach

The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

Nothing tells more about the character of a man than the things he makes fun of.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

He alone is great and happy who requires neither to command nor to obey in order to secure his being of some importance in the world.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

woman and man holding hands

I do not speak of what I cannot praise.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red rose illustration

Men are much more apt to agree in what they do than in what they think.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man wearing black jacket standing on street

The happiest man is the one who finds happiness at home.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white pampas grasses near body of water at daytime

The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

Superstition is the poetry of life.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

selective focus of common poppy flower

That I be not as those are who spend the day in complaining of headache and the night in drinking the wine which gives the headache!

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

forest trees photograph

It is delightful to transport one's self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown mountain

To act is easy, to think is hard; to act according to our thought is troublesome.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset

It is the nature of grace always to fill spaces that have been empty.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A view of the night showing stars

People who think honestly and deeply have a hostile attitude towards the public.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

photography of yellow petaled flowers field

No skill or art is needed to grow old; the trick is to endure it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green and white painted wall

We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

purple flowers under cloudy sky

Let us seek to fathom those things that are fathomable and reserve those things which are unfathomable for reverence in quietude.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green trees under white sky during daytime

A man must cling to the belief that the incomprehensible is comprehensible; otherwise he would not try to fathom it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

shallow focus photography of books

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue and white striped textile

Man ought not, like a mushroom, to spring up
And rot upon the ground that nourished him,
Leaving no trace of life-like energy!

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown pathway between green plants

What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

three women sitting on rock near body of water

The universal subjugator, the commonplace.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Arizona landscape

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

People can only live with their equals, and not even with them; for in the long run they cannot tolerate that someone is their equal.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

empty pathway

Chess is the touchstone of intellect.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

people raises hands

We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

beach during daytime

A man may twist as he pleases, and do what he pleases, but he inevitably comes back to the track to which nature has destined him.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

gray building

The connoisseur of art must be able to appreciate what is simply beautiful, but the common run of people is satisfied with ornament.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

lion on green grass during golden hour

The history of knowledge is a great fugue in which the voices of the nations one after the other emerge.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky

Dauer in Wechsel.
Duration in change.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man running on seashore

The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

two white flowers

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset

Just take a look at our patrons, and you'll know
Some don't appreciate us, others never will.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

All professional men are handicapped by not being allowed to ignore things which are useless.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue sky

Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it!

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

bonfire near mountain

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

If you are to accomplish all that one demands of you, you must overestimate your own worth.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red flame

For precisely when concepts fail one,
Words are found at the right time.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue sky with stars during night time

True works of art are a manifestation of the higher laws of nature.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

grayscale photography of elephant

Well-mannered children could be conceived if the parents were well-mannered.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red textile in close up photography

What is the destiny of man, but to fill up the measure of his sufferings, and to drink his allotted cup of bitterness?

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man in white and black button up shirt holding lighted candle

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

man jumping on hill during golden hour

I hate every violent overthrow, because as much is destroyed as is gained by it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

two grey elephants on grass plains during sunset

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette of trees during nighttime

The realization of the self is only possible if one is productive, if one can give birth to one's own potentialities.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

three clear glass cups

Nothing will change the fact that I cannot produce the least thing without absolute solitude.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green trees under white sky during daytime

Mediocrity has no greater consolation than in the thought that genius is not immortal.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pot on window with flowers

The brilliant passes, like the dew at morn; The true endures, for ages yet unborn.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white brick wall

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

landscape photography of waves and clouds

The history of science is science itself; the history of the individual, the individual.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

The art of living rightly is like all arts; it must be learned and practiced with incessant care.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

two women sitting on wooden dock over body of water

What you can do, or think you can, begin it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset

Our passions are true phoenixes; as the old burn out the new straight rise up from the ashes.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunflower field during daytime

Don't judge anyone harshly until you yourself have been through his experiences.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

high-angle photography of mountain at sunset

God made man simple, but how he changed and got complicated is hard to say.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

bonfire in forest

It is day still, you better get busy! Night will intrude when no one can be active.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red and white no smoking sign

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

white brick wall

Beware of wishing for anything in youth, because you will get it in middle age.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunflower field during daytime

A noble soul alone can noble souls attract; And knows alone, as ye, to hold them.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

As beauteous is the world, and many a joy Floats through its wide dominion. But, alas, When we would seize the winged good, it flies.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

blue

It is said that no man is a hero to his valet. That is because a hero can be recognized only by a hero.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

lights pattern swirls

If you miss the first buttonhole, you will not succeed in buttoning up your coat.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Arizona landscape

A mans manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

person standing on rock formation during daytime

Every decided colour does a certain violence to the eye, and forces the organ to opposition.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunset

Fortunately, we can take in only so much misfortune; what exceeds that limit either destroys us or leaves us indifferent.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green leaf tree on shore

When two men quarrel, who owns the cooler head is the more to blame.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

Even dirt glitters when the sun is shining upon it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red tulip in bloom close up photo

Once you have missed the first buttonhole, you'll never manage to button up.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

silhouette of off-road car

Every situation -- nay, every moment -- is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pink and green flower painting

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

A stated truth loses its grace, but a repeated error appears insipid and ridiculous.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

boat on sea far away from island

Association with women is the basis of good manners.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

lightning strike at night

Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

autumn leaves on body of water

Great passions are incurable diseases.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

sunflower

Genius feels no dread within his heart at the tempest nor the rain.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green sports court illustration

One glance, one word from you gives more pleasure than all the wisdom of this world.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

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

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

black pug puppy on white and pink textile

Art is long, life is short; judgement difficult, opportunity transient.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

If you've never eaten while crying you don t know what life tastes like.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pink and red flowers

The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

pink and blue painted wall

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

white tulip flower in close up photography

I will listen to anyone's convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

So, lively brisk old fellow, don't let age get you down. White hairs or not, you can still be a lover.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Arizona landscape

It is in the half fools and the half wise that the greatest danger lies.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

yellow and purple flower with white background

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

It is unpleasant to miss even the most trifling thing to which we have been accustomed.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

brown and red paint brushes

Tell me with whom you associate, and I will tell you who you are.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

mountains under white mist at daytime

If you've never eaten while crying you don't know what life tastes like.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

iceberg near mountain during day

The man of understanding finds everything laughable.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Accepting good advice means nothing other than to strengthen one's own ability.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

Whatever liberates our spirit, without also giving us mastery over ourselves, is destructive.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

red fire illustration

With knowledge grows doubt.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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