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.


Could we perfect human nature, we might also expect a perfect state of things.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Where there is much light the shade is deepest.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every second is of infinite value.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If we could do away with death, we wouldn't object; to do away with capital punishment will be more difficult. Were that to happen, we would reinstate it from time to time.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternally new now that builds and creates itself out of the Best as the past withdraws.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

After fifteen minutes nobody looks at a rainbow.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Each man has his own fortune in his hands; as the artist has a piece of rude matter, which he is to fashion to a certain shape. But the art of living rightly is like all arts: the capacity alone is born with us; it must be learned, and practiced with incessant care.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A wife is a gift bestowed upon man to reconcile him to the loss of paradise.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When a wife has a good husband, it is easily seen on her face.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you call a thing bad you do little, if you call a thing good you do much.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Love does not dominate; it cultivates.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Live each day as if your life had just begun.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Before you can do something you must first be something.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Begin it now.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing is worth more than this day.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through eternity.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe