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.


There is repetition everywhere, and nothing is found only once in the world.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To quit smoking, you must first want to quit, but then you must also do the quitting.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Classicism is health, romanticism is disease.      

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It's true that nothing in this world makes us so necessary to others as the affection we have for them.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you lay duties upon people and give them no rights, you must pay them well.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If one mistreats citizens of foreign countries, one infringes upon one's duty toward one's own subjects; for thus one exposes themto the law of retribution.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Most pioneers are at the mercy of doubt at the beginning, whether of their worth, of their theories, or of the whole enigmatic field in which they labour.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Secrecy has many advantages, for when you tell someone the purpose of any object right away, they often think there is nothing to it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Doubt grows with knowledge.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When you lose interest in anything, you also lose the memory for it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Limitation of aims is the mother of wisdom and the secret of achievement.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Rejoice that you have still have a long time to live, before the thought comes to you that there is nothing more in the world to see.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is better to be doing the most insignificant thing than to reckon even a half-hour insignificant.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The desire to explain what is simple by what is complex, what is easy by what is difficult, is a calamity.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Oral delivery aims at persuasion and making the listener believe they are converted. Few persons are capable of being convinced; the majority allow themselves to be persuaded.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Still this planet's soil for noble deeds grants scope abounding.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe