Top 101 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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Every day we should hear at least one little song, read

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
Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
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Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In art the best is good enough.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A person hears only what they understand.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I will listen to anyone’s convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself.
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No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.
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No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.
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A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.
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We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
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There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.
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There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.
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Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.
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Nothing is worth more than this day.
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The human mind will not be confined to any limits.
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He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.
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Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
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Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.
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There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.
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Life is the childhood of our immortality.
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The human mind will not be confined to any limits.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
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Few people have the imagination for reality.
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The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
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Character develops itself in the stream of life.
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Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home.
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He is dead in this world who has no belief in another.

He is dead in this world who has no belief in another.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.
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Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.
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It is better to be deceived by one’s friends than to deceive them.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be torn from us.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
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Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
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The formation of one’s character ought to be everyone’s chief aim.
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What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.
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Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.
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Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To create something you must be something.
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Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?
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The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
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In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens.
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