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 ...

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We can offer up much in the large, but to make sacrifices in little things is what we are seldom equal to.

The senses do not deceive us, but the judgment does.
Nothing is true, but that which is simple.
I don't know a greater advantage, than to appreciate the worth of an enemy.
A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
Those who know nothing of foreign languages, knows nothing of their own.
Never by reflection, but only by doing is self-knowledge possible to one.
What is not fully understood is not possessed.
Clever people are always the best conversations lexicon.
There is nothing more frightful than imagination without taste.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
Man... knows only when he is satisfied and when he suffers, and only his sufferings and his satisfactions instruct him concerning himself, teach him what to seek and what to avoid. For the rest, man is a confused creature; he knows not whence he comes or whither he goes, he knows little of the world, and above all, he knows little of himself.
Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.
The man who is born with a talent which he was meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it.
The phrases that men hear or repeat continually, end by becoming convictions and ossify the organs of intelligence.
Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.
Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued.
Love can do much, but duty more.
While man's desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err.
Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time.
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
Strike the dog dead, it's but a critic!
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.
The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
Human beings, by change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
Rejoice that you have still have a long time to live, before the thought comes to you that there is nothing more in the world to see.
Then indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
The deed is everything, the glory is naught.
When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
If any man wishes to write a clear style, let him first be clear in his thoughts.
Traveling is like gambling: it is always connected with winning and losing, and generally where it is least expected we receive, more or less than what we hoped for.
People should talk less and draw more. Personally, I would like to renounce speech altogether and, like organic nature, communicate everything I have to say visually.
The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency.
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.
We are the slaves of objects around us, and appear little or important according as these contract or give us room to expand.
The unnatural, that too is natural.
Nature goes her own way and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order.
To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform.
The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.
There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternally new now that builds and creates itself out of the Best as the past withdraws.
The little that is completed, vanishes from the sight of one who looks forward to what is still to do.
If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.
Austere perseverance, hash and continuous... rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistible greater with time.
Oral delivery aims at persuasion and making the listener believe they are converted. Few persons are capable of being convinced; the majority allow themselves to be persuaded.
People have a peculiar pleasure in making converts, that is, in causing others to enjoy what they enjoy, thus finding their own likeness represented and reflected back to them.
To make converts is the natural ambition of everyone.
Secrecy has many advantages, for when you tell someone the purpose of any object right away, they often think there is nothing to it.
Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.
In politics, as on the sickbed, people toss from side to side, thinking they will be more comfortable.
Napoleon for the sake of a good name broke in pieces half the world.
Every man has enough power left to carry out that of which he is convinced.
He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it.
If the mass of people hesitate to act, strike with swiftly and with boldness, the brave heart that understands and seizes opportunity can everything.
Upon the creatures we have made, we are, ourselves, at last, dependent.
Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.