Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.
Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens.
Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.
It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.
Character develops itself in the stream of life.
If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.
Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.
A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
The biggest problem with every art is by the use of appearance to create a loftier reality.
We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.
All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.
In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.
The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.
We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright.
Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done.
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.
We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.
If a man writes a book, let him set down only what he knows. I have guesses enough of my own.
In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm... in the real world all rests on perseverance.
The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.
Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.
The man who occupies the first place seldom plays the principal part.
Common sense is the genius of humanity.