Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Quotes

Inspirational quotes by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.
Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals.
Whenever I hear people talking about "liberal ideas," I am always astounded that men should love to fool themselves with empty sounds. An idea should never be liberal; it must be vigorous, positive, and without loose ends so that it may fulfill its divine mission and be productive. The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.
A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.
A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.
All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Beware of dissipating your powers strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay.
Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay.
Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
Everything in the world may be endured, except continual prosperity.
I do not know everything; still many things I understand.
I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should.
I love the deep quiet in which I live and grow against the world and harvest what they cannot take from me by fire or sword.
If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.
If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.
If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.
If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain as he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought and could be.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe, but to find out what he has to do; and to restrain himself within the limits of his comprehension.
Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language, and forthwith it is something entirely different.
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
More light! Give me more light!
Oh God, how do the world and heavens confine themselves, when our hearts tremble in their own barriers!
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words.

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