Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes (159 quotations)

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1. "Know thyself?" If I knew myself, I'd run away. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2. A clever man commits no minor blunders. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

3. A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

4. A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

5. 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. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

6. A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

7. A really great talent finds its happiness in execution. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

8. 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. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

9. Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

10. Alas! sorrow from happiness is oft evolved. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

11. All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

12. 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. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

13. Among the virtues and vices that make up the British character, we have one vice, at least, that Americans ought to view with sympathy. For they appear to be the only people who share it with us. I mean our worship of the antique. I do not refer to beauty or even historical association. I refer to age, to a quantity of years. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

14. An unused life is an early death. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

15. Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place in conversation. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

16. As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

17. Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

18. 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. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

19. Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

20. Character develops itself in the stream of life. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

21. Continue to make the demands of the day your immediate concern, and take occasion to test the purity of your hearts and the steadfastness of your spirits. When you then take a deep breath and rise above the cares of this world and in an hour of leisure, you will surely win the proper frame of mind to face devoutly what is above us, with reverence, seeing in all events the manifestation of a higher guidance. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

22. Correction does much, but encouragement does more. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

23. Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

24. 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

25. Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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