Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes & Wallpapers

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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What we do not understand we do not possess. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What chance gathers, she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The master proves himselin recognizing his limitations. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are so constituted that we believe the most incredible things; and, once they are engraved upon the memory, woe to him who would endeavor to erase them. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing will change the fact that I cannot produce the least thing without absolute solitude. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Writing history is a method of getting rid of the past. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The world is so full of simpletons and madmen, that one need not seek them in a madhouse. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Who is sure of their own motives can in confidence advance or retreat. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People may live as much retired from the world as they please; but sooner or later, before they are aware, they will find themselves debtor or creditor to somebody. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Generosity wins favour for everyone, especially when it is accompanied by modesty. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The words you've bandied are sufficient; 'Tis deeds that I prefer to see. [Ger., Der Worte sind genug gewechselt, Lasst mich auch endlich Thaten sehn.] Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Give shape, artist! don't talk! Your poem be but a breath. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you are to accomplish all that one demands of you, you must overestimate your own worth. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

So much has already been said about Shakespeare that there doesn't seem to be anything more to say; yet it is the quality of the spirit that it forever stimulates the spirit. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The safest thing is always to try to convert everything that is in us and around us into action; let the others talk and argue about it as they please. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No matter what one says, you can recognize only those matters that are equal to you. Only rulers who possess extraordinary abilities will recognize and esteem properly extraordinary abilities in their subjects and servants. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sameness leaves us in peace but it is contradiction that makes us productive. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One must not criticize that which is common since it remains always the same. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

For usually people resist as long as they can to dismiss the fool they harbor in their bosom, they resist to confess a major mistake or to admit a truth that makes them despair. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All one needs to do is declare oneself free and one will immediately feel dependent. If you dare to declare yourself dependent, you feel independent. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The greatest step forward would be to see that everything factual is already theory. The blueness of the sky reveals the basic lawof chromatics. Don't look for anything behind the phenomena, they themselves are the doctrine. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our wishes are presentiments of the abilities that lie in us, harbingers of what we will be able to accomplish. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Only he who finds empiricism irksome is driven to method. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Taste is only to be educated by contemplation, not of the tolerably good but of the truly excellent. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An absent friend gives us friendly company when we are well assured of his happiness. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The old lose one of the greatest privileges of man, for they are no longer judged by their contemporaries. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The style of an author is a faithful copy of his mind. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Viewed from the summit of reason, all life looks like a malignant disease and the world like a madhouse. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Master and Doctor are my titles; for ten years now, without repose, I held my erudite recitals and led my pupils by the nose. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

And those whom once my song had cheered and gladdened, If still they live, rove through the world now saddened. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Conscience is the virtue of the observers not the agents of action Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The world is full of contradiction. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If in the infinite you want to stride, Just walk in the finite to every side. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are two things children should get from their parents: roots and wings. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The greatest piece of folly is that every man thinks himself compelled to hand down what people think they have known. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When intelligent and sensible people despise knowledge in their old age, it is only because they have asked too much of it and of themselves. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

At all times it has not been the age, but individuals alone, who have worked for knowledge. It was the age which put Socrates to death by poison, the age which burnt Huss. The ages have always remained alike. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The further one advances in experience, the closer one comes to the unfathomable; the more one learns to utilize experience, the more one recognizes that the unfathomable is of no practical value. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As man is, so is his God. And thus is God oft strangely odd. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A state of affairs which leads to daily vexation is not the right state. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who is and remains true to himself and to others has the most attractive quality of the greatest talent. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who is plenteously provided for from within, needs but little from without. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What we wish for in youth comes in heaps to us in old age. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It never occurs to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A fiery chariot, borne on buoyant pinions, Sweeps near me now! I soon shall ready be To pierce the ther's high, unknown dominions, To reach new spheres of pure activity! Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Flowers are the beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The shudder of awe is humanity's highest faculty, Even though this world is forever altering its values. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The flowers of life are but visionary. How many pass away and leave no trace behind! How few yield any fruit, - and the fruit itself, how rarely does it ripen! And yet there are flowers enough; and is it not strange, my friend, that we should suffer the little that does really ripen to rot, decay, and perish unenjoyed? Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Once you have missed the first buttonhole you'll never manage to button up. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

My inheritance, how wide and fair Time is my estate; to Time I'm heir. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Here too it's masquerade, I find: As everywhere, the dance of mind. I grasped a lovely masked procession, And caught things from a horror show... I'd gladly settle for a false impression, If it would last a little longer, though. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

God help us - for art is long, and life so short. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Few rash of any modern nation have a proper sense of an aesthetical whole; they praise and blame by parts; they are charmed by passages. And who has greater reason to rejoice in this than actors, since the stage is ever but a patched and piecemeal matter? Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In art, to express the infinite one should suggest infinitely more than is expressed. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We learn to treasure what is above this earth; we long for revelation, which nowhere burns more purely and more beautifully than in the New Testament. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In praising or loving a child, we love and praise not that which is, but that which we hope for. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sound and sufficient reason falls, after all, to the share of but few men, and those few men exert their influence in silence. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who would reproach an author for obscurity should look into his own mind to see whether it is quite clear there. In the dusk the plainest writing is illegible. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Evil One has left, the evil ones remain. [Ger., Den Bosen sind sie los, die Bosen sind geblieben.] Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I nothing had, and yet enough for youth-Joy in Illusion, ardent thirst for Truth. Give unrestrained, the old emotion, The bliss that touched the verge of pain, The strength of Hate, Love's deep devotion,-O, give me back my youth again! Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People are always talking about originality, but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world begins to work upon us, and this goes on to the end. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Kindness is the golden thread that holds society together. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Once you have missed the first buttonhole, you'll never manage to button up. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Poor fool! in whose petty estimation all things are little. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you wish a wise answer, you must put a rational question. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every great idea exerts, on first appearing, a tyrannical influence: Hence, the advantages it brings are turned all too soon into disadvantages. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



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