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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Writer)

is in itself noble; that is why the artist has no fear of what is common. This, indeed, is already ennobled when he takes it up.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe fear
Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe courage
Wo viel Licht ist, ist auch viel Schatten.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
One lives but once in the .
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe live
[…] misunderstandings and neglect create more confusion in this world than trickery and malice. At any rate, the last two are certainly much less frequent.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe world
If you inquire what the people are like here, I must answer, "The same as everywhere!"
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe people
Getting along with women, Knocking around with men, Having more credit than money, Thus one goes through the world.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe women
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 time
Wer reitet so sp
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Only mankind Can do the impossible: He can distinguish, He chooses and judges, He can give permanence To the moment.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe men
Noble be man, Helpful and good! For that alone Sets hims apart From every other creature On earth.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe art
As great, everlasting, Adamantine laws Dictate, we must all Complete the cycles Of our existence.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe man
Let the noble man Be generous and good, Tirelessly achieving What is just and useful: Let him be a model For those beings whom he surmises.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe man
In der Kunst ist das Beste gut genug.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe best
A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe people
A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe world
Untersuchen was ist, und nicht was behagt
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Die Liebe herrscht nicht, aber sie bildet; und das ist mehr!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lie
We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe love
The spirits that I summoned up I now can't rid myself of.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe self
One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is the intermixing of different genres.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe art
The true, prescriptive artist strives after artistic truth; the lawless artist, following blind instinct, after an appearance of naturalness. The one leads to the highest peaks of art, the other to its lowest depths.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe truth
In limitations he first shows himself the master, And the law can only bring us freedom.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe freedom
One never goes so far as when one doesn't know where one is going.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Patriotism ruins history.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe history
Who wants to understand the poem Must go to the land of poetry; Who wishes to understand the poet Must go to the poet's land.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe poetry
For I have been a man, and that means to have been a fighter.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe man
Should I not be proud, when for twenty years I have had to admit to myself that the great Newton and all the mathematicians and noble calculators along with him were involved in a decisive error with respect to the doctrine of color, and that I among millions was the only one who knew what was right in this great subject of nature?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe nature
All poetry is supposed to be instructive but in an unnoticeable manner; it is supposed to make us aware of what it would be valuable to instruct ourselves in; we must deduce the lesson on our own, just as with life.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe life
One must be something in order to do something.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"I have found a paper of mine among some others in which I call architecture 'petrified music.' Really there is something in this; the tone of mind produced by architecture approaches the effect of music."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe music
If I work incessantly to the last, nature owes me another form of existence when the present one collapses.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe nature
The artist may be well advised to keep his work to himself till it is completed, because no one can readily help him or advise him with it...but the scientist is wiser not to withhold a single finding or a single conjecture from publicity.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe art
Willst du immer weiterschweifen? Sieh, das Gute liegt so nah. Lerne nur das Gl
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lie
O'er all the hilltops Is quiet now, In all the treetops Hearest thou Hardly a breath; The birds are asleep in the trees: Wait; soon like these Thou too shalt rest.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe sleep
Welche Regierung die beste sei? Diejenige, die uns lehrt, uns selbst zu regieren.
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Amerika, du hast es besser—als unser Kontinent, der alte.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, And in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. Not in the morning alone, not only at mid-day he charmeth; Even at setting, the sun is still the same glorious planet.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe joy
And now the sagacious reader, who is capable of reading into these lines what does not stand written in them, but is nevertheless implied, will be able to form some conception of the serious feelings with which I then set foot in Emmendingen.Nun aber wird der einsichtige Leser, welcher f
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe reading
He is aand not aand therefore hisis to be seen as, and not as a book of a human being made foror entertainment.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe men
Der Handelnde ist immer gewissenlos; es hat niemand Gewissen als der Betrachtende.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe man
A burgher may acquire merit; by excessive efforts he may even educate his mind; but his personal qualities are lost, or worse than lost, let him struggle as he will. Since the nobleman, frequenting the society of the most polished, is compelled to give himself a polished manner; since this manner, neither door nor gate being shut against him, grows at last an unconstrained one; since, in court or camp, his figure, his person, are a part of his possessions, and it may be the most necessary part, — he has reason enough to put some value on them, and to show that he puts some.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe art
Not to keep from error, is the duty of the educator of men, but to guide the erring one, even to let him swill his error out of full cups—that is the wisdom of teachers. Whoever merely tastes of his error, will keep house with it for a long time, ... but whoever drains it completely will have to get to know it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wisdom
Ich singe, wie der Vogel singt Der in den Zweigen wohnet.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe sin
Wer nichts wagt, gerwinnt nichts. Wer nie sein Brod mit Tr
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe win
Knowst thou the land where the lemon trees bloom, Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket's gloom, Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows, And the groves are of laurel and myrtle and rose?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe heaven
What's it to you if I love you?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe love
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.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe words
To know of someone here and there whom we accord with, who is living on with us, even in silence — this makes our earthly ball a peopled garden.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe art
Die Kunst ist lang, das Leben kurz, das Urteil schwierig, die Gelegenheit fl
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe die
Die Welt ist so leer, wenn man nur Berge, Fl
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe man
Not to keep from error, is the duty of the educator of men, but to guide the erring one, even to let him swill his error out of full cups — that is the wisdom of teachers. Whoever merely tastes of his error, will keep house with it for a long time, … but whoever drains it completely will have to get to know it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wisdom
Seeking with the soul the land of the Greeks.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe soul
A useless life is an early death.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe life
One says a lot in vain, refusing; The other mainly hears the "No."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe sin
Pleasure and love are the pinions of great deeds.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe love
teaches us to be less harsh with ourselves and with others.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wit
Tell me you stones, O speak, you towering palaces! Streets, say a word! Spirit of this place, are you dumb? All things are alive in your sacred walls Eternal Rome, it's only for me all is still.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe live
I'm gazing at church and palace, ruin and column, Like a serious man making sensible use of a journey, But soon it will happen, and all will be one vast temple, Love's temple, receiving its new initiate.Though you're a whole world, Rome, still, without Love, The world isn't the world, and Rome can't be Rome.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe world
Ah, how often I've cursed those foolish pages, That showed my youthful sufferings to everyone! If Werther had been my brother, and I'd killed him, His sad ghost could hardly have persecuted me more.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe suffering
Awithoutwould be no world.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe world
Beloved, don't fret that you gave yourself so quickly! Believe me, I don't think badly or wrongly of you. The arrows of Love are various: some scratch us, And our hearts suffer for years from their slow poison. But others strong-feathered with freshly sharpened points Pierce to the marrow, and quickly inflame the blood. In the heroic ages, when gods and goddesses loved, Desire followed a look, and joy followed desire.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe love
I feel I'm happily inspired now on Classical soil: The Past and Present speak louder, more charmingly. Here, as advised, I leaf through the works of the Ancients With busy hands, and, each day, with fresh delight. But at night Love keeps me busy another way: I become half a scholar but twice as contented. And am I not learning, studying the shape Of her lovely breasts: her hips guiding my hand?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe love
All Nine often used to come to me, I mean the Muses: But I ignored them: my girl was in my arms. Now I’ve left my sweetheart: and they’ve left me, And I roll my eyes, seeking a knife or rope. But Heaven is full of gods: You came to aid me: Greetings, Boredom, mother of the Muse.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe god
Is it so big awhat god and man and world are? No! but nobody knows how to solve it so the mystery hangs on.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe god
Much there is I can stand. Most things not easy to suffer I bear with quiet resolve, just as a God commands it. Only a few things I find as repugnant as snakes and poison. These four: tobacco smoke, bedbugs and garlic and Christ.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe man
Much there is I can stand, and most things not easy to suffer I bear with quiet resolve, just as a god commands it. Only a few I find as repugnant as snakes and poison — These four: tobacco smoke, bedbugs, garlic, and †.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe god
Doesn't surprise me that Christ our Lord preferred to live with whores & sinners, seeing I go in for that myself.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe self
Das Alter macht nicht kindisch, wie man spricht, Es findet uns nur noch als wahre Kinder.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe man
Es irrt der Mensch, so lang er strebt.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe men
Da stehe ich nun, ich armer Thor! Und bin so klug als wie zuvor.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Bin ich ein Gott? Mir wird so licht!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Die Botschaft h
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Zwey Seelen wohnen, ach! in meiner Brust.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Ich bin der Geist der stets verneint.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Blut ist ein ganz besondrer Saft.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Grau, theurer Freund, ist alle Theorie, Und gr
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Ein echter deutscher Mann mag keinen Franzen leiden, Doch ihre Weine trinkt er gern.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe zen
Wer Recht behalten will und hat nur eine Zunge, Beh
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe will
Meine Ruh' ist hin, Mein Herz ist schwer.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Gut! Ein Mittel, ohne Geld Und Arzt und Zauberei zu haben: Begib dich gleich hinaus aufs Feld, Fang an zu hacken und zu graben, Erhalte dich und deinen Sinn In einem ganz beschraunken Kreise, Ernauhre dich mit ungemischter Speise, Leb Mit dem Vieh als Vieh, and acht es nicht fur Raub, Den Acker, den du erntest, selbst zu dungen; Das ist das beste Mittel, glaub, Auf achtzig Jahr dich zu verjungenl
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe best
Three things are to be looked to in a building: that it stand on the right spot; that it be securely founded; that it be successfully executed.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe success
The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through all eternity.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe people
One is never satisfied with a portrait of a person that one knows.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wit
The fate of the architect is the strangest of all. How often he expends his whole soul, his whole heart and passion, to produce buildings into which he himself may never enter.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe art
Let us live in as small a circle as we will, we are either debtors or creditors before we have had time to look round.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe time
No one would talk much in society, if he knew how often he misunderstands others.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe society
Niemand ist mehr Sklave, als der sich f
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe man
A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows on rows of natural objects, classified with name and form.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe memory
My son, whoever wishes to keep a secret, must hide from us that he possesses one. Self complaisance over the concealed destroys its concealment.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe men
Alles Gescheite ist schon gedacht worden. Man muss nur versuchen, es noch einmal zu denken.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe man
It has been suggested that this article or section beinto . ()
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe art
Law is mighty, mightier necessity.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe law
Once a man's thirty, he's already old, He is indeed as good as dead. It's best to kill him right away.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe man
What wise or stupid thing can man conceive That was not thought of in ages long ago?
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe man
I love those who yearn for the impossible.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe love
The deed is everything, the glory nothing.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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