Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Doubt grows with knowledge.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
On all the peaks lies peace.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The little man is still a man.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Wisdom is found only in truth.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Precaution is better than cure.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In art the best is good enough.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
All things are only transitory.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Love can do much, but duty more.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The world remains ever the same.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
An unused life is an early death.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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A useless life is an early death.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Mastery passes often for egotism.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I call architecture frozen music.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Superstition is the poetry of life.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The unnatural, that too is natural.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Live dangerously and you live right.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nothing is worth more than this day.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To rule is easy, to govern difficult.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Love does not dominate; it cultivates.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Common sense is the genius of humanity.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A clever man commits no minor blunders.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Mysteries are not necessarily miracles.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every spoken word arouses our self-will.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Age merely shows what children we remain.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Life is the childhood of our immortality.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A person hears only what they understand.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To create something you must be something.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The coward only threatens when he is safe.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I love those who yearn for the impossible.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We will burn that bridge when we come to it.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The deed is everything, the glory is naught.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Few people have the imagination for reality.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The right man is the one who seizes the moment.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every step of life shows much caution is required.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The human mind will not be confined to any limits.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
He is dead in this world who has no belief in another.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nothing is to be rated higher than the value of the day.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
For just when ideas fail, a word comes in to save the situation.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be torn from us.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I think that I am better than the people who are trying to reform me.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is better to be deceived by one's friends than to deceive them.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Upon the creatures we have made, we are, ourselves, at last, dependent.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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