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219 Famous Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
8/28/1749 - 3/22/1832
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When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.

Thought Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Travel Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Everyone hears only what he understands.

Understanding Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed that can make life a garden.

Understanding Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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He who does not feel his friends to be the world to him, does not deserve that the world should hear of him.

Value Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Where there are no women there are no good manners

Value Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Will Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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What is not in a man cannot come out of him surely.

Proverbs Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Herman and Dorothea (canto III, l. 3)

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E'en his failings leaned to virtue's side.

Proverbs Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Herman and Dorothea (canto III, l. 3)

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Wept o'er his wounds, or tales of sorrow done, Shoulder'd his crutch, and show'd how fields were won.

Proverbs Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Herman and Dorothea (canto III, l. 3)

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Chill penury repressed their noble rage, And froze the genial current of the soul.

Proverbs Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Herman and Dorothea (canto III, l. 3)

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Some mute, inglorious Milton here may rest.

Proverbs Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Herman and Dorothea (canto III, l. 3)

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We frolic while 'tis May.

Proverbs Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Herman and Dorothea (canto III, l. 3)

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What sorrow was, thou bad'st her know, And from her own she learnt to melt at others' woe.

Proverbs Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Herman and Dorothea (canto III, l. 3)

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Presents at once? That's good. He is sure to succeed. [Ger., Gleich schenken? das ist brav. Da wird er reussieren.]

Gifts Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 7, 73)

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Gifts come from above in their own peculiar forms. [Ger., Die Gaben Kommen von oben herab, in ihren eignen Gestalten.]

Gifts Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Hermann und Dorothea (canto V, l. 69)

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I make presents to the mother, but think of the daughter. [Ger., Der Mutter schenk' ich, Die Tochter denk' ich.]

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

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The Evil One has left, the evil ones remain. [Ger., Den Bosen sind sie los, die Bosen sind geblieben.]

Evil Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 6, 174)

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For what one has in black and white, One can carry home in comfort. [Ger., Denn was man schwarz auf weiss besitzt, Kann man getrost nach Hause tragen.]

Possession Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 4, 42)

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Two souls, alas! reside within my breast, and each withdraws from and repels its brother. [Ger., Zwei Seelen wohnen, ach! in meiner Brust, Die eine will sich von der andern trennen.]

Conscience Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 2, 307)

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A good man, through obscurest aspirations Has still an instinct of the one true way. [Ger., Ein guter Mensch, in seinem dunkeln Drange, Ist sich des rechten Weges sohl bewusst.]

Goodness Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust--Prolog in Himmel--Der Herr (l. 88)

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He who moves not forward goes backward! A capital saying!

Progress Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Hermann and Dorothea (canto III, l. 66)

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A fiery chariot, borne on buoyant pinions, Sweeps near me now! I soon shall ready be To pierce the ther's high, unknown dominions, To reach new spheres of pure activity!

Action Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (bk. I, sc. 1)

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The first and last thing required of genius is the love of truth. [Ger., Das erste und letzte, was vom Genie gefordert wird, ist Wahreits-Liebe.]

Genius Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Spruche in Prosa (III)

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What they're accustomed to is no great matter, But then, alas! they've read an awful deal. [Ger., Zwar sind sie an das Beste nicht gewohnt, Allein sie haben schrecklich viel gelesen.]

Reading Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust--Vorspiel auf dem Theater (l. 13), (Bayard Taylor's translation)

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