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


Johann von Goethe

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If the mass of people hesitate to act, strike with swiftly and with boldness, the brave heart that u...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
When you praise someone you call yourself his equal
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
The most original authors are not so because they advance what is new, but because they put what the...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
People have a peculiar pleasure in making converts, that is, in causing others to enjoy what they en...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Progress has not followed a straight ascending line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retro...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirk...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
What is hardest of all? That which seems most simple: to see with your eyes what is before your eyes
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Nothing is true, but that which is simple.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
If you start to think about your physical or moral condition, you usually find that you are sick
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Secrecy has many advantages, for when you tell someone the purpose of any object right away, they of...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Every second is of infinite value
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Mediocrity has no greater consolation than in the thought that genius is not immortal
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
To measure up to all that is demanded of him, a man must overestimate his capacities
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Because everyone uses language to talk, everyone thinks he can talk about language
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living from hand to mouth.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Taste is only to be educated by contemplation, not of the tolerably good but of the truly excellent....
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
What sorrow was, thou bad'st her know, And from her own she learnt to melt at others' woe.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
We frolic while 'tis May.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
No, no! The devil is an egotist, And is not apt, without why or wherefore, "For God's sake," ...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
There was a king of Thule, Was faithful till the grave, To whom his mistress dying, A go...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
But what is your duty? What the day demands. [Ger., Was aber ist deine Pflicht? Die Forderung de...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe. [Ger., Ein ta...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
A man's errors are what make him amiable.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
A great scholar is seldom a great philosopher.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
The poet should size the Particular, and he should, if there be anything sound in it, thus represent...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Yes! To this thought I hold with firm persistence; The last result of wisdom stamps it true; He only...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the wor...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
I find the great thing in this world is, not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are mov...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
One man's word is no man's word; we should quietly hear both sides
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
The thinker makes a great mistake when he asks after cause and effect. They both together make up th...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Stupidity is without anxiety.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
I do not know myself and God forbid that I should
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Nature alone is illimitably rich, and Nature alone forms the great artist.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Every offense is avenged on earth.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
A man that all the world hates, there must be something about him.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Everything is simpler than you think and at the same time more complex than you imagine
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
What does not kill me makes me stronger.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
The happy do not believe in miracles
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn ...
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
If a man writes a book, let him set down only what he knows. I have guesses enough of my own.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
Only people unable to produce anything themselves feel there is nothing there.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE