Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe quotes, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe sayings, and Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


By seeking and blundering we learn.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.      

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter. Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wherever a man may happen to turn, whatever a man may undertake, he will always end up by returning to the path which nature has marked out for him.     

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Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.

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As long as you are not aware of the continual law of Die and Be Again, you are merely a vague guest on a dark Earth.      

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The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

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The important thing in life is to have great aim and to possess the aptitude and the perseverance to attain it.     

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Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.

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Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our passion are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes.

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He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.

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There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.     

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

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

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What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.

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There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

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Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.

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Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.

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Nothing is worth more than this day.

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Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.

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Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.     

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Correction does much, but encouragement does more.     

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In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm - in the real world all rests on perseverance.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe