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 a politeness of the heart; this is closely allied to love.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The greater part of all the mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The limits of my language are the limits of my universe.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When scholars study a thing, they strive to kill it first, if it's alive; then they have the parts and the'be lost the whole, for the link that's missing was the living soul.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The real scholar learns how to evolve the unknown from the known, and draws near the master.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Theories are usually the over-hasty efforts of an impatient understanding that would gladly be rid of phenomena, and so puts in their place pictures, notions, nay, often mere words.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Say what we may of the inadequacy of translation, yet the work is and will always be one of the weightiest and worthiest undertakings in the general concerns of the world.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Can a sparrow know how a stork feels?      

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A clever man commits no minor blunders.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Even dirt glitters when the sun is shining upon it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One man's word is no man's word; we should quietly hear both sides.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are our own devils; we drive ourselves out of our Edens.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I find the great thing in this world is, not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Any trifle is enough to entertain two lovers.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The useful may be trusted to further itself, for many produce it and no one can do without it; but the beautiful must be specially encouraged, for few can present it, while yet all have need of it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What is predestination? Answer: God is more powerful and wiser than we are, therefore he deals with us according to his pleasure.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To tremble before anticipated evils is to bemoan what thou hast never lost.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The shudder of awe is humanity's highest faculty, Even though this world is forever altering its values.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The mob has nothing to lose, everything to gain.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.      

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.      

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The arts are the salt of the earth; as salt relates to food, the arts relate to technology.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe