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For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
But one must know where one stands, and where the others wish to go.
- Goethe | Advice Quotes
So, lively brisk old fellow, don't let age get you down. White hairs or not, you can still be a lover.
I call architecture 'petrified music'.
Ordinary people know little of the time and effort it takes to learn to read. I have been eighty years at it, and have not reached my goal.
A man can stand almost anything except a succession of ordinary days.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude: character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
Unlike grownups, children have little need to deceive themselves.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
- Goethe | Deception Quotes
From desire I plunge to its fulfilment, where I long once more for desire.
It is better to be deceived by one's friends than to deceive them.
Genius develops in quiet places, character out in the full current of human life.
- Goethe | Genius Quotes
We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives.
It is said that no man is a hero to his valet. That is because a hero can be recognized only by a hero.
We accept every person in the world as that for which he gives himself out; only he must give himself out for something. We can put up with the unpleasant more easily than we can endure the insignificant.
If you treat men the way they are you never improve them. If you treat them the way you want them to be, you do.
There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action.
- Goethe | Ignorance Quotes
When an idea is wanting, a word can always be found to take its place.
- Goethe | Ignorance Quotes
And here, poor fool, with all my lore I stand no wiser than before.
- Goethe | Ignorance Quotes
He alone deserves liberty and life who daily must win them anew.
- Goethe | Life Quotes
If a man thinks about his physical or moral state, he usually discovers that he is ill.
The right man is the one that seizes the moment.
- Goethe | Men Quotes
A clever man commits no minor blunders.
Mozart is the human incarnation of the divine force of creation.
- Goethe | Music Quotes
The unnatural - that too is natural.
- Goethe | Nature Quotes
Every day look at a beautiful picture, read a beautiful poem, listen to some beautiful music, and if possible, say some reasonable thing.
There is not a single outward mark of courtesy that does not have a deep moral basis.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
- Goethe | Progress Quotes
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
Let him who believes in immortality enjoy his happiness in silence without giving himself airs about it.
- Goethe | Virtue Quotes
Who does not know another language, does not know his own.
When an idea is wanting, a word can always be found to take its place.
Everyone hears only what he understands.
Most people work the greater part of their time for a mere living; and the little freedom which remains to them so troubles them that they use every means of getting rid of it.
- Goethe | Work Quotes
We can redeem anyone who strives unceasingly.
- Goethe | Work Quotes
Everyone believes in his youth that the world really began with him, and that all merely exists for his sake.
- Goethe | Youth Quotes
The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.
- Goethe | Applause Quotes
Beautiful is greater than Good, for it includes the Good.
- Goethe | Beauty Quotes
Nothing is worth more than this day.
- Goethe | Nature Quotes
Architecture is frozen music.
Talent is nurtured in solitude; character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
- Goethe | Character Quotes
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
- Goethe | Deception Quotes
People may live as much retired from the world as they please; but sooner or later, before they are aware, they will find themselves debtor or creditor to somebody.
We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge doubt increases.
- Goethe | Doubt Quotes
Thou must (in commanding and winning, or serving and losing, suffering or triumphing) be either anvil or hammer.
- Goethe | Fate Quotes
It is in the half fools and the half wise that the greatest danger lies.
- Goethe | Fools Quotes
I make presents to the mother, but think of the daughter.
- Goethe | Gift Quotes
He is happiest, be he king or peasant who finds peace in his home.
- Goethe | Home Quotes
Life is the childhood of our immortality.
One man's word is no man's word; we should quietly hear both sides.
- Goethe | Judgment Quotes
A useless life is an early death.
- Goethe | Life Quotes
Cursed Mammon be, when he with treasures To restless action spurs our fate!
- Goethe | Mammon Quotes
Modern poets mix too much water with their ink.
- Goethe | Poet Quotes
Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality.
- Goethe | Science Quotes
He who is firm in will molds the world to himself.
- Goethe | Will Quotes
Wisdom is only found in trudi.
- Goethe | Wise Quotes
The society of women is the foundation of good manners.
- Goethe | Women Quotes
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
- Goethe | Never Quotes
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
- Goethe | Never Quotes
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
- Goethe | Never Quotes
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
- Goethe | Never Quotes
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
- Goethe | Never Quotes
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
- Goethe | Never Quotes
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
- Goethe | Never Quotes
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
- Goethe | Never Quotes


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