Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Quotes
Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals.
Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.
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.
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.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
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.
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.
The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them
More light! Give me more light!
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
So divinely is the world organized that every one of us, in our place and time, is in balance with everything else.
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.
There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.
The true, prescriptive artist strives after artistic truth; the lawless artist, following blind instinct, after an appearance of naturalness. The one leads to the highest peaks of art, the other to its lowest depths.
If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
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.
What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
Three things are to be looked to in a building: that it stands on the right spot; that it be securely founded; that it be successfully executed.”
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.
You will always find [hatred] strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.
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.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.
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.