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.
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.
Oh God, how do the world and heavens confine themselves, when our hearts tremble in their own barriers!
More light! Give me more light!
Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.
Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language, and forthwith it is something entirely different.
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.
You will always find [hatred] strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.
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.
If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.
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.
A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.
I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should.
I do not know everything; still many things I understand.
Everything in the world may be endured, except continual prosperity.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.
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.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
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.
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.