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.


When young, one is confident to be able to build palaces for mankind, but when the time comes one has one's hands full just to be able to remove their trash.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Superstition is the poetry of life.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One cannot develop taste from what is of average quality but only from the very best.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquility.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days... What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is delightful to transport one's self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our virtues and view spring from one root.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is strong shadow where there is much light.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our hands we open of our own free will, and the good flies, which we can never recall.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What is the true test of character unless it be its progressive development in the bustle and turmoil, in the action and reaction of daily life.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Against great advantages in another, there are no means of defending ourselves except love.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.      

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Don't judge anyone harshly until you yourself have been through his experiences     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Beauty is a primeval phenomenon, which itself never makes its appearance, but the reflection of which is visible in a thousand different utterances of the creative mind, and is as various as nature herself.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

And even so, what happiness to be loved! And, oh you gods, what happiness it is to love!     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Culture which smooth the whole world licks, Also unto the devil sticks.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Smoothly and lightly the golden seed by the furrow is covered.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Man can only endure a certain degree of unhappiness; what is beyond that either annihilates him or passes by him and leaves him apathetic     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Experiments are mediators between nature and idea.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We lay aside letters never to read them again, and at last we destroy them out of discretion, and so disappears the most beautiful, the most immediate breath of life, irrecoverable for ourselves and for others.      

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe