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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Quotations



"Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay."

"Publishers are all cohorts of the devil; there must be a special hell for them somewhere."
 
"Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay."
 
"As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live."
 
"Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must."
 
"Everything in the world may be endured except continued prosperity."
 
"How can you come to know yourself? Never by thinking, always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you'll know right away what you amount to."
 
"If any many wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul."
 
"Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable."
 
"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words."
 
"When ideas fail, words come in very handy."
 
"All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again. "
 
"What is important in life is life, and not the result of life. "
 
"One lives but once in the world. "
 
"Art is long, life short; judgment difficult, opportunity transient. "
- after Hippocrates
 
"Time does not relinquish its rights, either over human beings or over mountains. "
 
"Man errs as long as he strives. "
 
"I love those who yearn for the impossible. "
 
"One never goes so far as when one doesn't know where one is going."
 
"Nothing is more damaging to a new truth than an old error. "
 
"A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent. "
 
"Nothing is as terrible to see as ignorance in action."
 
"No one would talk much in society, if he knew how often he misunderstands others. "
 
"Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded."
 
"In all things it is better to hope than to despair."
 
"He alone is great and happy who requires neither to command nor to obey in order to secure his being of some importance in this world."
 
"The way you see people is the way you treat them and the way you treat them is the way they become. "
 
"Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality."
 
"Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking."
 
"Enjoy what you can, endure what you must."
 
"Nothing is as terrible to see as ignorance in action."
 
"He who wishes to exert a useful influence must be careful to insult nothing. Let him not be troubled by what seems absurd, but concentrate his energies on the creation of what is good. "
 
"All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again. "
 
"What is important in life is life, and not the result of life. "
 
"One lives but once in the world. "
 
"Time does not relinquish its rights, either over human beings or over mountains. "
 
"I love those who yearn for the impossible. "
 
"I do not believe that any book or person or event in my life ever made so great an impression on me as the plays of Shakespeare. They appear to be the work of some heavenly genius."
 
"Everything that is good in literature is classical."
 
"[He is] the prince of modern poetry, the most talented and impressive figure which the literary world has ever produced."
 
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