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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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Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Science arose from poetry--when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I love the deep quiet in which I live and grow against the world and harvest what they cannot take from me by fire or sword.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Nothing is worth more than this day.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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 to the creation of what is good. He must not demolish, but build. He must raise temples where mankind may come and partake of the purest pleasure.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Nothing is worse than active ignorance.

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

The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If any man 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.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

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

Viewed from the summit of reason, all life looks like a malignant disease and the world like a madhouse.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everything in the world may be endured except continued prosperity.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To be pleased with one's limits is a wretched state.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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