Quotations by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Born: Thursday, August 28, 1749
Died: Thursday, March 22, 1832 (82 years old)
Profession: Poet
Nationality: German


A clever man commits no minor blunders.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Man)

A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Kiss)

A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Creation, Importance, Solitude)

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Man, Manners)

A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: People)

A person hears only what they understand.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Praise)

A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Happiness, Talent, Execution)

A useless life is an early death.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Death, Life)

Age merely shows what children we remain.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Age, Children)

All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Thought, Thoughts)

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Heart, Knowledge)

All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Life, Friend, Theory)

All things are only transitory.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An unused life is an early death.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Death, Life)

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Trust, Will)

Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Purpose, World)

Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Words)

Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Beauty, Laws)

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Beauty, Guest)

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Behavior)

Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Being, Nothing, Respect)

Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Existence, Individuality)

Character develops itself in the stream of life.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Life, Character)

Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Character, World)

Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Character)

Common sense is the genius of humanity.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Genius, Common sense, Humanity)

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Correction, Encouragement)

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Ideas, Winning, May)

Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Death, Time, Eternity, Man)

Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: People, Public, Thoughtful)

Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Destiny, Order, Wishes)

Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Time, Day, Evening, Will)

Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Feelings, Heart, Earth, Possession)

Doubt grows with knowledge.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Knowledge, Doubt)

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Dreams, Men, Power)

Error is acceptable as long as we are young; but one must not drag it along into old age.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
(Keywords: Age, Error, Old)

Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Will)

Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
(Keywords: Day, Song, Words)

Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Mission)

Every spoken word arouses our self-will.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Self, Word)

Every step of life shows much caution is required.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Life, Caution)

Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: May, Prosperity, World)

Few people have the imagination for reality.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Imagination, People, Reality)

First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Love, Genius, Truth, First)

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Man)

For just when ideas fail, a word comes in to save the situation.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Ideas, Word)

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: Adversity, Overcoming)



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