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.


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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who moves not forward, goes backward.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing is worth more than this day.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A person hears only what they understand.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everyone hears only what he understands.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Mere curiosity adds wings to every step.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Doubt grows with knowledge.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tolerance comes of age. I see no fault committed that I myself could not have committed at some time or other.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I will not be as those who spend the day in complaining of headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The day is of infinite length for him who knows how to appreciate and use it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Which is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The world remains ever the same.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are never further from what we wish than when we believe that we have what we wished for.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If man thinks about his physical or moral state he usually discovers that he is ill.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is in human nature to relax, when not compelled by personal advantage or disadvantage.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe