46 Remarkable Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Quotes

46 Remarkable Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Quotes

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John Wolfgang Von Goethe was a writer and statesman from Frankfurt, Germany. His work was primarily poetry written in a variety of different styles. His first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, gained wild success and spurred him to take part in The Sturm Und Drang movement. He died on March 22, 1832 at the age of 82.

“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.”

“A mathematician is only perfect insofar as he is a perfect man, sensitive to the beauty of truth.”

“A person hears only what they understand.”

“A world without love would be no world.”

“All poetry is supposed to be instructive but in an unnoticeable manner; it is supposed to make us aware of what it would be valuable to instruct ourselves in; we must deduce the lesson on
our own, just as with life.”

“Art is in itself noble; that is why the artist has no fear of what is common. This, indeed, is already ennobled when he takes it up.”

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”

“Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you imagine.”

“Few are open to conviction, but the majority of men are open to persuasion.”

“First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.”

“He is a prophet and not a poet and therefore his Koran is to be seen as Divine Law, and not as a book of a human being made for education or entertainment.”

“He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.”

“I hold to faith in the divine love — which, so many years ago for a brief moment in a little corner of the earth, walked about as a man bearing the name of Jesus Christ — as the foundation
on which alone my happiness rests.”

“I love those who yearn for the impossible.”

“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.”

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

“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.”

“Investigate what is, and not what pleases.”

“Just as, out of habit, one consults a run-down clock as though it were still going, so too one may look at the face of a beautiful woman as though he still loved her.”

“Know thyself? If I knew myself, I’d run away.”

“Life teaches us to be less harsh with ourselves and with others.”

“Love does not dominate, it cultivates. And that is more.”

“No one would talk much in society, if he knew how often he misunderstands others.”

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

“Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.”

“One must be something in order to do something.”

“One never goes so far as when one doesn’t know where one is going.”

“One ought, every day 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.”

“Patriotism ruins history.”

“Piety is not an end but a means to attain … the highest degree of culture. This is why … those who parade piety as a purpose and an aim mostly turn into hypocrites”

“The desire to explain what is simple by what is complex, what is easy by what is difficult, is a calamity .”

“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.”

“The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.”

“The really unhappy person is the one who leaves undone what they can do, and starts doing what they don’t understand; no wonder they come to grief.”

“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth
for us an inhabited garden.”

“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”

“There is strong shadow where there is much light.”

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

“Three things are to be looked to in a building: that it stand on the right spot; that it be securely founded; that it be successfully executed.”

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

“What is hardest of all? That which seems most simple: to see with your eyes what is before your eyes.”

“What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.”

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”

“When young, one is confident to be able to build palaces for mankind, but when the time comes one has one’s hands full just to be able to remove their trash.”

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

“You don’t have to travel around the world to understand that the sky is blue everywhere.”