Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

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

“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how 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.”

“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.”

“If I love you, what business is it of yours?”

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

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”

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

“By seeking and blundering we learn.”

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”

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

“If you’ve never eaten while crying you don t know what life tastes like.”

“Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.”

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

“A person hears only what they understand.”

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

“There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.”

“I love those who yearn for the impossible.”

“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.”

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”

“Every day one should at least hear one little song, read one good poem, see one fine painting and — if at all possible — speak a few sensible words.”

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”

“Knowing is not enough,we must apply
willing is not enough,we must do..”

“Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.”

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

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength”

“Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.”

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

“Nothing is worth more than this day.”

“Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.”

“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.”

“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. ”

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love ”

“Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.”

“If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.”

“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.”

“This is the true measure 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 ever love in the same way after us.”

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.”

“All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.”

“We are our own devils; we drive ourselves out of our Edens.”

“People who think honestly and deeply have a hostile attitude towards the public.”

“If you would create something, you must be something.”

“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.”

“All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, until they take root in our personal experience.”

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that 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 decision, 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 do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

“Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.”

“It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.”

“If you don’t feel it, you’ll never get it.”

“The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.”

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

“Difficulties increase the nearer we get to the goal. ”

“Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences progress in even greater extent and depth, and the human mind widen itself as much as it desires: beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity, as it shines forth in the Gospels, it will not go.”

“We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves. ”

“There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.”
“We know accurately only when we know little; doubt grows with knowledge.”

“I laugh at my heart, and do its will”

“Talent develops in solitude, character develops in the stream of life.”

“At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.”

“Leap and the net will appear”

“Everything is hard before it is easy”

“The intelligent man finds everything laughable, the sensible man hardly anything.”

“Every reader, if he has a strong mind, reads himself into the book, and amalgamates his thoughts with those of the author.”

“To be loved for what one is, that is the greatest exception. The great majority love in others only what they lend him; their own selves, their version of him.”

“One can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days”

“What is uttered from the heart alone will win the heart of others to your own.”

“Every situation–nay, every moment–is of infinite worth; for it is the representative of a whole eternity.”

“The greatest evil that can befall man is that he should come to think ill of himself.”

“In the colorful reflection we have what is life.”

“The rich want good wine, the poor, plenty of wine”

“Remember to live”

“Night is the other half of life, and the better half.”

“We all of us live upon the past, and through the past we are destroyed.”

“Few people have the imagination for reality. ”

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

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

“Love does not dominate; it cultivates.”

“Misunderstandings and neglect occasion more mischief in the world than malice and wickedness.”

“Everybody wants to be somebody, but nobody wants to grow… ”

“Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though ’twere his own. ”

“Choose well. Your choice is brief, and yet endless.”

“Doubt can only be removed by action.”

“Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid”

“Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it!”

“A word spoken is a terrible thing when it suddenly utters what the heart has long allowed.”

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

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

“Oblivion is full of people who allow the opinions of others to overrule their belief in themselves.”

“The highest goal that man can achieve is amazement.”

“We usually lost today because there has been a yesterday, and tomorrow is coming.”

“All that is transitory is but a metaphor.”

“If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.”

“To be pleased with one’s limits is a wretched state.”

“God help us — for art is long, and life so short.”

“I wait for the morning of my tears”

“There is no past we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternal now that builds and creates out of the past something new and better.”

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

“Waste not a day in vain digression; with resolute, courageous trust seek every possible impression and make it firmly your possession you’ll then work on because you must.”

“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”

“Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them.”

“What I possess, seems far away to me, and what is gone becomes reality.”

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

“He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth.”

“Rest not
Life is sweeping by
go and dare before you die.
Something mighty and sublime,
leave behind to conquer time.”

“Nothing is therefore more dangerous than solitude. Our imagination, forced by its very nature to unfold, nourished by the fantastic visions of poetry, gives shape to a whole order of creatures of which we are the lowliest, and everything around us seems to be more glorious, everyone else more perfect…If, on the other hand, we can make up our minds to go about our daily tasks, resigned to our feelings, and hardships, we often find that, in spite of our meanderings and procrastinations, we have gone farther than quite a few others have gone with their sails unfurled and steering gear functioning.”

“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing”

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

“A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.”

“Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever. ”

“The deed is everything; the fame is nothing.”

“What a torment it is to see so much loveliness passing and repassing before us, and yet not dare to lay hold of it!”

“He who moves not forward, goes backward.”

“The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.”

“Keep not standing fixed and rooted. Briskly venture, briskly roam.”

“To live within limits. To want one thing. Or a few things very much and love them dearly. Cling to them, survey them from every angle. Become one with them – that is what makes the poet, the artist, the human being.”

“The greater part of all the mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims.”

“Everyone is deceived in his hopes, cheated in his expectations.”

“When ideas fail, words come in very handy. ”

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”

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

“And so long as you haven’t experienced this: to die and so to grow, you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth.”

“Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.”

“Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music.”

“Everything transitory is but an image.”

“What we agree with leaves us inactive, but contradiction makes us productive.”

“It is better to do the smallest thing in the world than to hold half an hour to be too small a thing.”

“It is delightful to transport one’s self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us”

“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”

“Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound”

“When she sees the leaves fall, they raise no other idea in her mind than that winter is approaching.”

“I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should”

“I am not omniscient, but I know a lot.”

“Hold your powers together for something good and let everything go that is for you without result and is not suited to you.”

“Is this the destiny of man? Is he only happy before he has acquired his reason or after he has lost it?”

“Truth is contrary to our nature, not so error, and this for a very simple reason: truth demands that we should recognize ourselves as limited, error flatters us that, in one way or another, we are unlimited.”

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

“Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public. ”

“A clever man commits no minor blunders.”

“All theory is gray, my friend. But forever green is the tree of life.”

“Publishers are all cohorts of the devil; there must be a special hell for them somewhere.”
“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 more one knows, the more one comprehends, the more one realizes that everything turns in a circle.”

“Just trust yourself and you’ll learn the art of living.”

“I am fully convinced that the soul is indestructible, and its activity will continue through eternity.”

“The world only goes forward because of those who oppose it.”

“Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess. ”

“Doubt grows with knowledge.”

“What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.”

“Every day I observe more and more the folly of judging of others by ourselves; and I have so much trouble with myself, and my own heart is in such constant agitation, that I am well content to let others pursue their own course, if they only allow me the same privilege.”

“Talent develops in tranquility, character in the full current of human life.”

“How many kings are governed by their ministers, how many ministers by their secretaries? Who, in such cases, is really the chief?”

“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.”

“More Light!”

“If we examine every stage of our lives, we find that from our first breath to our last we are under the constraint of circumstances. And yet we still possess the greatest of all freedoms, the power of developing our innermost selves in harmony with the moral order of the universe, and so winning peace of heart whatever obstacles we meet.”

“We lay aside letters never to read them again, and at last destroy them out of discretion, and so disappears the most beautiful, the most immediate breath of life, irrecoverably for ourselves and for others.”

“Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach.”

“A rainbow which lasts for a quarter of an hour is looked at no longer.”

“So divinely is the world organized that every one of us, in our place and time, is in balance with everything else. ”

“All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.”
“A man’s shortcomings are taken from his epoch; his virtues and greatness belong to himself.”

“The way you see people is the way you treat them and the way you treat them is what they become.”

“What is the destiny of man, but to fill up the measure of his sufferings, and to drink his allotted cup of bitterness?”

“Once more I am a wanderer, a pilgrim, through the world. But what else are you?”

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

“I am amazed to see how deliberately I have entangled myself step by step. To have seen my position so clearly, and yet to have acted so like a child!”

“Conscience is the virtue of observers and not of agents of action.”

“To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.”

“For many people, one of the most frustrating aspects of life is not being able to understand other people’s behavior.”

“The greatest happiness for the thinking person is to have explored the explorable and to venerate in equanimity that which cannot be explored.”

“Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.”

“There are but two roads that lead to an important goal and to the doing of great things: strength and perseverance. Strength is the lot of but a few priveledged men; but austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the smallest of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly greater with time.”

“The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation”

“For in music there is no material to be deducted.”

“He only earns his freedom and existence who daily conquers them anew.”

“Live dangerously and you live right.”

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