Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I call architecture frozen music.
What life half gives a man, posterity gives entirely.
The deed is everything, the glory is naught.
Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
Personality is everything in art and poetry.
On all the peaks lies peace.
Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves.
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.
The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.
I love those who yearn for the impossible.
Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables.
Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.
The right man is the one who seizes the moment.
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.
Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.
All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.
To appreciate the noble is a gain which can never be torn from us.
Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.
Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.
Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.
Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.