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

It is only necessary to grow old to become more charitable and even indulgent. I see no fault committed by others that I have not committed myself.
The older we get the more we must limit ourselves if we wish to be active.
When all is said the greatest action is to limit and isolate one's self.
He who is firm in will molds the world to himself.
The wealth that cannot be administered is a burden.
No one should be rich except those who understand it.
Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens.
The Woman-Soul leadeth us upward and on!
The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.
Every author in some degree portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.
Great endowments often announce themselves in youth in the form of singularity and awkwardness.
Marriage is the beginning and the end of all culture. It makes the savage mild; and the most cultivated has no better opportunity for displaying his gentleness. Indissoluble it must be, because it brings so much happiness that what small exceptional unhappiness it may bring counts for nothing in the balance.
There can never be any adequate ground for separation. The condition of man is pitched so high in its joys and in its sorrows, that the sum which two married people owe to each other defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through all eternity.

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