Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 22 March 1832) was a German novelist, dramatist, poet, humanist, scientist, philosopher, and for ten years chief minister of state at Weimar.
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Nothing is worth more than this day.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Continue to make the demands of the day your immediate concern, and take occasion to test the purity of your hearts and the steadfastness of your spirits. When you then take a deep breath and rise above the cares of this world and in an hour of leisure, you will surely win the proper frame of mind to face devoutly what is above us, with reverence, seeing in all events the manifestation of a higher guidance.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune is always here.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Character develops itself in the stream of life.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What does not kill me makes me stronger.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If your treat an individual ... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The right man is the one who seizes the moment.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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