Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.
If your treat an individual... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it.
For just when ideas fail, a word comes in to save the situation.
If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
Upon the creatures we have made, we are, ourselves, at last, dependent.
Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.
Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.
Precaution is better than cure.
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.
Mastery passes often for egotism.
Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.
Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.
The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection.
It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.
No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.
The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
There is a courtesy of the heart; it is allied to love. From its springs the purest courtesy in the outward behavior.
Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.
Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.
Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.
Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.
To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.
Every step of life shows much caution is required.
Every spoken word arouses our self-will.