Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe sayings, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Each man has his own fortune in his hands; as the artist has a piece of rude matter, which he is to fashion to a certain shape. But the art of living rightly is like all arts: the capacity alone is born with us; it must be learned, and practiced with incessant care."

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being."

"Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time."

"After fifteen minutes nobody looks at a rainbow."

"Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught."

"There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternally new now that builds and creates itself out of the Best as the past withdraws."

"If we could do away with death, we wouldn’t object; to do away with capital punishment will be more difficult. Were that to happen, we would reinstate it from time to time."

"What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own."

"Every second is of infinite value."

"He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home."

"Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing."

"Where there is much light the shade is deepest."

"Could we perfect human nature, we might also expect a perfect state of things."

"It is in human nature to relax, when not compelled by personal advantage or disadvantage."

"If man thinks about his physical or moral state he usually discovers that he is ill."

"We are never further from what we wish than when we believe that we have what we wished for."

"The world remains ever the same."

"All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again."

"The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency."

"Which is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves."

"One always has time enough, if one will apply it well."

"The day is of infinite length for him who knows how to appreciate and use it."

"I will not be as those who spend the day in complaining of headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it."

"It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes lifeblessed."

"The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors."

"Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued."

"Tolerance comes of age. I see no fault committed that I myself could not have committed at some time or other."

"Doubt grows with knowledge."

"Mere curiosity adds wings to every step."

"No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist."

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