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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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The society of women is the element of good manners.

Manners Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.

Poetry Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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They teach in academies far too many things, and far too much that is useless.

Education Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Nothing is more revolting than the majority; for it consists of few vigorous predecessors, of knaves who accommodate themselves, of weak people who assimilate themselves, and the mass that toddles after them without knowing in the least what it wants

Majority Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.

Nobility Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The sagacious reader who is capable of reading between these lines what does not stand written in them, but is nevertheless implied, will be able to form some conception.

Reading Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Autobiography (bk. XVIII, Truth and Beauty)

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A vi'let on the meadow grew, That no one saw, that no one knew, It was a modest flower. A shepherdess pass'd by that way-- Light footed, pretty and so gay; That way she came, Softly warbling forth her lay.

Violets Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: The Violet, (Frederick Ricord's translation)

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What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.

Friendship Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own.

Men Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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.

Thinking Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Thinking Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A collection of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions

Anecdotes Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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It is in self-imitation that a master first shows himself.

Becoming yourself Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.

Collaboration Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday

Day Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

Deception Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

Effort Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

Encouragement Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.

Errors Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Nothing hurts a new truth more than an old error

Errors Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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He who moves not forward, goes backward

Growth Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.

Heart Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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In all things it is better to hope than to despair

Hope Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished

Ideals Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.

Knowledge Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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