Quotes by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 - 22 March 1832), commonly known as "Goethe", was a German poet, novelist, philosopher, and scientist who is considered one of the giants of the literary world. In addition, aside from being lawyer and known also as a dramatist, humanist, theorist, and painter, he is also one of few individuals considered to have been a polymath. For ten years, he was chief minister of state for the duchy of Weimar. In 1782 he was ennobled as 'von Goethe'. In his 1809 masterpiece Elective Affinities, he became one of the first to speculate on the nature of interpersonal chemistry.

Goethe was one of the key figures of German literature and the movement of Weimar Classicism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; this movement coincides with Enlightenment, Sentimentality ("Empfindsamkeit"), Sturm und Drang, and Romanticism. The author of Faust and Theory of Colours, he influenced Darwin with his focus on plant morphology. Goethe's influence spread across Europe, and for the next century his works were a primary source of inspiration in music, drama, poetry, and philosophy. He is widely considered to be one of the most important thinkers in Western culture.

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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.

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters. This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting.
That is the true season of love; when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved as much before, and that no one will ever love in the same way again.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
The really unhappy person is the one who leaves undone what they can do, and starts doing what they don't understand; no wonder they come to grief.
A person hears only what they understand.
Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.
In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.
What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
Doubt can only be removed by action.
The person who in shaky times also wavers only increases the evil, but the person of firm decision fashions the universe.
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
He who is plenteously provided for from within, needs but little from without.
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything.
No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.
The greater the knowledge, the greater the doubt.
Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
Every situation, every moment -- is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.
Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.
Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.
One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them.
There are nine requisites for contented living: HEALTH enough to make work a pleasure; WEALTH enough to support your needs; STRENGTH enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them; GRACE enough to confess your sins and overcome them; PATIENCE enough to toil until some good is accomplished; CHARITY enough to see some good in your neighbor; LOVE enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others; FAITH enough to make real the things of God; HOPE enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
If you treat an individual... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
If you want a wise answer, ask a reasonable question.
Everywhere, we learn only from those whom we love.
The first and last thing required of genius is, love of the truth.
Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.
Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.
We must not take the faults of our youth with us into old age, for age brings along its own defects.
Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
One that does not think to highly of himself is more than he thinks.
Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.
How can we know ourselves? Never by reflection, but only through action. Begin at once to do your duty and immediately you will know what is inside you.
To create something you must be something.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.
When a wife has a good husband it is easily seen in her face.
Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach

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