Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.
If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy.
If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.
Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.
A person hears only what they understand.
Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home.
To hard necessity ones will and fancy must conform.
This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.
The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.
It is better to be deceived by one's friends than to deceive them.
I never knew a more presumptuous person than myself. The fact that I say that shows that what I say is true.
It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.
Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.
Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.
Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.
There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
Life is the childhood of our immortality.
I will listen to anyone's convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself.
The human mind will not be confined to any limits.
Live dangerously and you live right.
The world remains ever the same.
He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.
Error is acceptable as long as we are young; but one must not drag it along into old age.