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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Quotes

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Quotations are not only inspirational, and a source of wisdom, but can also be seen as a nice way to get a feeling about a certain thinker or visionary. How much does what they have to say touch you? How much does it correspond to what you seek? How does in inspire you? Here are the quotations by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth."
From "Proverbs in Prose"

"Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action."
From "Proverbs in Prose"

"All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts 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."
From "Wilhelm Meister's Wanderjahre" (Journeyman Years)

"I love those who yearn for the impossible."
From "Faust, Part 2"

"The deed is everything, the glory nothing."
From "Faust, Part 2"

"Doubt grows with knowledge."
From "Proverbs in Prose"

"A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait."
From "Proverbs in Prose"

"There is strong shadow where there is much light."
From "Götz von Berlichingen"

"Of all peoples the Greeks have dreamt the dream of life best."
From "Proverbs in Prose"

"A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them."
From "Torquato Tasso"

"Investigate what is, and not what pleases."
From "The Attempt as Mediator of Object and Subject"

"We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us."
From "Hermann und Dorothea"

"One must be something in order to do something."
From "Conversation with Eckermann"

"Which is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves."
From "The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe"

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