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219 Famous Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
8/28/1749 - 3/22/1832
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Johann Wolfgang Goethe     Goethe     Johann Goethe
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Which is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves

Government Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

Ignorance Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Loving is a feeling that brings both joy and pain to my heart. Joy from being with you, being filled with an emotion so deep and tender that no other feeling can compare. Pain from knowing that I'm so in love, that I'm more vulnerable than I've ever

Joy Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Knowledge Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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To accept good advice is but to increase one's own ability

Advice Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.

Dreams Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Everyone hears only what he understands.

Hearing Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home

Home Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Then indecision brings its own delays,And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days.Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute;What you can do, or dream you can, begin it;Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Indecision Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Observation Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.

Priorities Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Everything in the world may be endured, except only a succession of prosperous days. [Ger., Alles in der Welt lasst sich ertragen, Nur nicht eine Reihe von schonen Tagen.]

Prosperity Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Spruche in Reimen (III)

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The universal subjugator, the commonplace. [Ger., Was uns alle bandigt, das Gemeine.]

Unity Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Taschenbuch fur Damen auf das Jahr

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Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

Action Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The best thing about dreams is that fleeting moment, when you are between asleep and awake, when you don't know the difference between reality and fantasy, when for just that one moment you feel with your entire soul that the dream is reality, and it really happened.

Dreams Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from the artist is to make him ruin his work

Art Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Behavior is a mirror in which every one displays his own image

Behavior Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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In all things it is better to hope than to despair

Despair Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Manners Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What one has wished for in youth, in old age one has in abundance. [Ger., Was man in der Jugend wunscht, hat man im Alter die Fulle.]

Wishes Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Wahrheit und Dichtung (motto to part II)

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Science and art belong to the whole world, and before them vanish the barriers of nationality. [Ger., Wissenschaft und Kunst gehoren der Welt an, und vor ihhen verschwinden die Schranken der Nationalitat.]

Science Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: In a conversation with a German historian

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Hatred is active, and envy passive dislike; there is but one step from envy to hate.

Hatred Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Action Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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For the nature of women is closely allied to art

Nature Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Then indecision brings its own delays,And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days.Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute;What you can do, or dream you can, begin it;Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Dreams Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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