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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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  • What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely.

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  • The deed is everything, the glory is naught.

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  • Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.

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  • A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.

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  • Personality is everything in art and poetry.

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  • Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves.

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  • What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

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  • The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.

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  • Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.

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  • Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.

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  • The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.

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  • I love those who yearn for the impossible.

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  • Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.

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  • We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

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  • There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables.

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  • Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.

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  • The right man is the one who seizes the moment.

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  • If I love you, what business is it of yours?

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  • Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.

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  • Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.

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  • All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.

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  • To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be torn from us.

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  • Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.

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  • Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.

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  • Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.

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  • Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.

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  • None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

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  • Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.

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