Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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Born: August 28, 1749, Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
Birth Country: Germany
Died: Weimar, Thuringia, Germany, March 22, 1832
Occupation: Author

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A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A useless life is an early death.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

3.
Age merely shows what children we remain.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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All intelligent thoughts have already been thought what is necessary is only to try to think them again.
- 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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An unused life is an early death.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

7.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Character develops itself in the stream of life.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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

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Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Doubt grows with knowledge.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Error is acceptable as long as we are young but one must not drag it along into old age.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Few people have the imagination for reality.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

20.
First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

21.
Girls we love for what they are young men for what they promise to be.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

22.
Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

26.
He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

27.
He who possesses art and science has religion he who does not possess them, needs religion.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

28.
I call architecture frozen music.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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I love those who yearn for the impossible.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

31.
If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

32.
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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In art the best is good enough.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

36.
It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.
- 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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It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

39.
It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

40.
Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Love can do much, but duty more.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Love does not dominate it cultivates.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

45.
Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

46.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

48.
Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

51.
Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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On all the peaks lies peace.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

54.
One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

55.
One cannot develop taste from what is of average quality but only from the very best.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

56.
One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

58.
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

59.
Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.
- 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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Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Superstition is the poetry of life.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

63.
The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

65.
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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The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

67.
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 mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

71.
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

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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

73.
Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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To rule is easy, to govern difficult.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

75.
To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

84.
Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

85.
Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Wisdom is found only in truth.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

87.
Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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