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.


Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To blow is not to play on the flute; you must move the fingers.      

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To venture an opinion is like moving a piece at chess: it may be taken, but it forms the beginning of a game that is won.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Oblivion is full of people who allow the opinions of others to overrule their belief in themselves.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is no outward sign of true courtesy that does not rest on a deep moral foundation.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is a courtesy of the heart it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He alone is great and happy who requires neither to command nor to obey in order to secure his being of some importance in the world.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Colors are light's suffering and joy .     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Colours are the deeds of light, its deeds and sufferings.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.      

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Some people spend the day in complaining of a headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Habit is the most imperious of all masters.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Habit is a man's sole comfort. We dislike doing without even unpleasant things to which we have become accustomed.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A resolution that is communicated is no longer within thy power; thy attentions become now the plaything of chance; he who would have his commands certainly carried out must take man by surprise.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The important thing in life is to have a great aim, and the determination to attain it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Out of moderation a pure happiness springs.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A nation that doesn't honor its past, has no future.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing is worth more than this day.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In comradeship is danger countered best.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.     

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

It doesn't behoove elderly persons to follow fashion in their thinking nor in the way they dress.     

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