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One ought, everyday at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decisions, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Let us live in as small a circle as we will, we are either debtors or creditors before we have had time to look around.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Upon the creatures we have made, we are, ourselves, at last, dependent.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Since I have heard often enough that everyone in the end has his own religion, nothing seemed more natural to me than to fashion my own.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The history of science is science itself; the history of the individual, the individual.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain as he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Those who know nothing of foreign languages, knows nothing of their own.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay as he is; but if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
It has been said that figures rule the world. Maybe. But I am sure that figures show us whether it is being ruled well or badly.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
One man's word is no man's word; we should quietly hear both sides.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whom timidity prevented from making a first effort.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
What government is the best? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
I always seek the good that is in people and leave the bad to Him who made mankind and knows how to round off the corners.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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
Everything in the world may be endured except continued prosperity.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
It is only in misery that we recognize the hand of God leading good men to good.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The close and thoughtful observer more and more learns to recognize his limitations. He realizes that with the steady growth of knowledge more and more new problems keep on emerging.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
From inaccessible mountain range by way of desert untrod by human foot to the ends of the unknown seas, the breath of the everlasting creative spirit is felt, rejoicing over every speck of dust that hearkens to it and lives.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The art of living rightly is like all arts: It must be learned and practiced with incessant care.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Mediocrity has no greater consolation than in the thought that genius is not immortal.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Human beings, by change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The phrases that men hear or repeat continually, end by becoming convictions and ossify the organs of intelligence.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
We lay aside letters never to read them again, and at last we destroy them out discretion, and so disappears the most immediate breath of life, irrecoverably for ourselves and for others.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Open the second shutter, so that more light can come in.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
It is quite beyond me how anyone can believe God speaks to us in books and stories. If the world does not directly reveal to us our relationship to it, if our hearts fail to tell us what we owe ourselves and others, we shall assuredly not learn it from books, which are at best designed but to give names to our errors.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
All theory, dear friend, is grey, but the golden tree of actual life springs ever green.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Energy will do anything that can be done in the world: and no talents, no circumstances, no opportunities will make a two-legged animal a man without it.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge doubt increases.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Courage and modesty are the most unequivocal of virtues, for they are of a kind that hypocrisy cannot imitate; they too have this quality in common, that they are expressed by the same color.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Time does not relinquish its rights, either over human beings or over mountains.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Every man has enough power left to carry out that of which he is convinced.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The highest happiness of man ... is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
One is never satisfied with a portrait of a person that one knows.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
People have a peculiar pleasure in making converts, that is, in causing others to enjoy what they enjoy, thus finding their own likeness represented and reflected back to them.
—  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
If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
And what does really matter? That is easy: thinking and doing, doing and thinking---and these are the sum of all wisdom ... Both must move ever onward in life, to and fro, like breathing in and breathing out.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Talent is nurtured in solitude; character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on how one looks at it.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Whoever makes it a rule to test action by thought, thought by action, cannot falter, and if he does, will soon find his way back to the right road.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Genius develops in quiet places, Character out in the full current of human life.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
In the end we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The society of women is the element of good manners.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The fate of the architect is the strangest of all. How often he expends his whole soul, his whole heart and passion, to produce buildings into which he himself may never enter.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune is always here.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Fools and wise men are equally harmless. It is the half-fools and half-wise that are dangerous.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through all eternity.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Nature goes her own way and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
They teach in academies far too many things, and far too much that is useless.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The effects of good music are not just because it's new; on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
No one would talk much in society, if he knew how often he misunderstands others.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Flowers are beautiful hieroglyphics of nature, with which she indicates how much she loves us.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe, but to find out what he has to do; and to restrain himself within the limits of his comprehension.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
What I possess I would gladly retain. Change amuses the mind, yet scarcely profits.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
You must either conquer and rule or lose and serve, suffer or triumph, and be the anvil or the hammer.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A life without love, without the presence of the beloved, is nothing but a mere magic-lantern show. We draw out slide after slide, swiftly tiring of each, and pushing it back to make haste for the next.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The sagacious reader who is capable of reading between these lines what does not stand written in them, but is nevertheless implied, will be able to form some conception.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
We can offer up much in the large, but to make sacrifices in little things is what we are seldom equal to.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Three things are to be looked to in a building: that it stand on the right spot; that it is securely founded; that it be successfully executed.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The man who is born with a talent which he is meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Who longs in solitude to live, Ah! soon his wish will gain: Men hope and love, men get and give, and leave him to his pain.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
No one should be rich except those who understand it.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A person can stand almost anything except a succession of ordinary days.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Each has his own happiness in his hands, as the artist handles the rude clay he seeks to reshape it into a figure; yet it is the same with this art as with all others: only the capacity for it is innate; the art itself must be learned and painstakingly practiced.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
He is dead in this world who has no belief in another.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
On the pinnacle of success man does not stand firm long.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Choose well, your choice is brief, and yet endless.
—  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
Mathematics has the completely false reputation of yielding infallible conclusions. Its infallibility is nothing but identity. Two times two is not four, but it is just two times two, and that is what we call four for short. But four is nothing new at all. And thus it goes on and on in its conclusions, except that in the higher formulas the identity fades out of sight.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Tomorrow sees undone, what happens not to-day; Still forward press, nor never tire! The possible, with steadfast trust, Resolve should be by the forelock grasp. Then she will ne'er let go her clasp, And labors on, because she must.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The day is of infinite length for him who knows how to appreciate and use it.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A king there was once reigning, Who had a goodly flea, Him loved he without feigning, As his own son were he!
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Hypotheses are lullabies for teachers to sing their students to sleep.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
He who wishes to exert a useful influence must be careful to insult nothing. Let him not be troubled by what seems absurd, but concentrate his energies to the creation of what is good. He must not demolish, but build. He must raise temples where mankind may come and partake of the purest pleasure.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Whenever I hear people talking about liberal ideas, I am always astounded that men should love to fool themselves with empty sounds. An idea should never be liberal; it must be vigorous, positive, and without loose ends so that it may fulfill its divine mission and be productive. The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
People who think honestly and deeply have a hostile attitude towards the public.
—  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
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
The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.
—  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
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him, he must regard himself as greater than he is.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Enjoy what thou has inherited from thy sires if thou wouldn't 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
When the healthy nature of man acts as a whole, when he feels himself to be in the world as in a great, beautiful, noble, and valued whole, when harmonious ease affords him a pure and free delight, then the universe, if it could experience itself, would exult, as having attained its goal, and admire the climax of its own becoming and essence.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
He who is plenteously provided for from within needs but little from without.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Deny yourself! You must deny yourself! That is the song that never ends.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A man's name is not like a mantle which merely hangs about him, and which one perchance may safely twitch and pull, but a perfectly fitting garment, which, like the skin, has grown over him, at which one cannot rake and scrape without injuring the man himself.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Truth is a torch but a tremendous one. That is why we hurry past it, shielding our eyes, indeed, in fear of getting burned.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
I sometimes wonder whether our planet is the asylum of the universe for disordered minds.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
No one feels himself easy in a garden which does not look like the open country.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
That is the true season of love, when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will love in the same way as us.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The greatest genius will never be worth much if he pretends to draw exclusively from his own resources.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Behavior is a mirror in which every one displays his own image.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
If a good person does you wrong, act as though you had not noticed it. They will make note of this and not remain in your debt long.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The destiny of any nation, at any given time, depends on the opinions of its young men under five-and-twenty.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
There is no trifling with nature, it is always true, grave, and severe, it is always in the right, and the faults and errors fall to our share. It defies incompetency, but reveals its secrets to the competent, the truthful, and the pure.
—  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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