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Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Quotes


German novelist, dramatist, poet, humanist, scientist, philosopher, and for ten years chief minister of state at Weimar.
(1749 - 1832)

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[Prague is the] prettiest gem in the stone crown of the world...
 

A clever man commits no minor blunders.
 

A collection of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions.
 

A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.
 

A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
 

A flippant, frivolous man may ridicule others, may controvert them, scorn them; but he who has any respect for himself seems to have renounced the right of thinking mainly of others.
[Judgment]
 

A man can stand almost anything except a succession of ordinary days.
 

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
[One Day]
 

A man who is ignorant of foreign languages is ignorant of his own.
[Language]
 

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
 

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.
 

A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.
 

A person hears only what they understand.
 

A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.
 

A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
 

A reasonable man needs only to practice moderation to find happiness.
[Happiness]
 

A resolution that is communicated is no longer within thy power; thy intentions become now the plaything of chance; he who would have his commands certainly carried out must take men by surprise.
[Secrecy]
 

A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent.
 

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 on rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.
 

A useless life is an early death.
[Goals]
 


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