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About Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Life: 1749 - 1832

Country: de flag Germany

Profession: Writer;

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , (28 August 1749 - 22 March 1832) was a German writer. George Eliot called him "Germany's greatest man of letters... and the last true polymath to walk the earth." Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism, science and painting. Goethe's magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part dramatic poem Faust. Goethe's other well-known literary works include his numerous poems, the Bildungsroman Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and the epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.

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Quotations

Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Quite often, as life goes on, when we feel completely secure as we go on our way, we suddenly notice that we are trapped in error, that we have allowed ourselves to be taken in by individuals, by objects, have dreamt up an affinity with them which immediately vanishes before our waking eye; and yet we cannot tear ourselves away, held fast by some power that seems incomprehensible to us. Sometimes, however, we become fully aware and realize that error as well as truth can move and spur us on to action. Now because action is always a decisive factor, something really good can result from an active error, because the effect of all that has been done reaches out into infinity. So although creative action is certainly always best, destroying what has been done is also not without happy consequence.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Knowing is not enough; we must apply!

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater that he is.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From it springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man almost nothing.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everyone believes in his youth that the world really began with him, and that all merely exists for his sake.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from the artist is to make him ruin his work.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Behavior is a mirror in which every one displays his image.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We can't form our children on our own concepts;
we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

- Hermann und Dorothea

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

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Where there is much light, the shadow is deep.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The coward threatens when he is safe.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

While man's desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge doubt enters.

~ 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

Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Genius develops in quiet places, character out in the full current of human life.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

National hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In all things it is better to hope than to despair.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Having ideas is like having chessmen moving forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When an idea is wanting, a word can always be found to take its place.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Enjoy what thou has inherited from thy sires if thou wouldst really possess it. What we employ and use is never an oppressive burden; what the moment brings forth, that only can it profit by.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nine requisites for contented living:

Health enough to make work a pleasure.
Wealth enough to support your needs.
Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them.
Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.
Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.
Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor.
Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.
Faith enough to make real the things of God.
Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Geskiedskrywing is 'n manier om die verlede van jou nek af te kry.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

- Maximen und Relexionen

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