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219 Famous Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
8/28/1749 - 3/22/1832
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The mortal race is far too weak not to grow dizzy on unwonted brights. [Ger., Das sterbliche Geschlecht ist viel zu schwach In ungewohnter Hohe nicht zu schwindeln.]

Weakness Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Iphigenia auf Tauris (I, 3, 98)

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Properly speaking, such work is never finished; one must declare it so when, according to time and circumstances, one has done one's best. [Ger., So eine Arbeit wird eigentlich nie fertig; man muss sie fur fertig erklaren, wenn man nach Zeit und Umstand das Moglichste getan hat.]

Work Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Italienische Reise

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You'll never attain it unless you know the feeling. [Ger., Wenn ihr's nicht fuhlt ihr werdet's nicht erjagen.]

Feeling Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 1, 182)

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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.]

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

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The church alone beyond all question Has for ill-gotten goods the right digestion. [Ger., Die Kirch' allein, meine lieben Frauen, Kann ungerechtes Gut verdauen.]

Churches Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 9, 35)

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Yes! to this thought I hold with firm persistence; The last result of wisdom stamps it true; He only earns his freedom and existence Who daily conquers them anew.

Freedom Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (act V, sc. 6)

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To a valet no man is a hero. [Ger., Es gibt fur den Kammerdiener keiner Helden.]

Heroes Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Wahlverwandtschaften (II, 5, Aus Ottilien's Tagebuche)

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It is the fortunate who should extol fortune. [Ger., Das Gluck erhebe billig der Begluckte.]

Fortune Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Torquato Tasso (II, 3, 115)

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The day of fortune is like a harvest day, We must be busy when the corn is ripe. [Ger., Ein tag der Gunst ist wie ein Tag der Ernte, Man muss geschaftig sein sobald sie reift.]

Fortune Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Torquato Tasso (IV, 4, 62)

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Fortune rarely accompanies anyone to the door.

Fortune Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Torquato Tasso (IV, 4, 62)

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Yet he who grasps the moment's gift, He is the proper man. [Ger., Der den Augenblick ergreift, Das ist der rechte Mann.]

Opportunity Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 4, 494)

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While man's desires and aspirations stir, He can not choose but err. [Ger., Es irrt der Mensch so lang er strebt.]

Errors Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust--Prolog im Himmel--Der Herr (l. 77)

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There are men who never err, because they never propose anything rational. [Ger., Est giebt Menschen die gar nicht irren, weil sie sich nichts Vernunftiges vorsetzen.]

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

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He who is ignorant of foreign languages, knows not his own. [Ger., Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiss nichts von seiner eigenen.]

Linguists Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Kunst und Alterthum

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He who does not stretch himself according to the coverlet finds his feet uncovered. [Ger., Wer sich nicht nach der Decke streckt, Dem bleiben die Fusse unbedeckt.]

Prudence Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Spruche In Reimen (III)

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The coward only threatens when he is safe. [Ger., Der Fiege droht nur, wo er sicher ist.]

Cowards Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Torquato Tasso (II, 3, 207)

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Cursed Mammon be, when he with treasures To restless action spurs our fate! Cursed when for soft, indulgent leisures, He lays for us the pillows straight.

Mammon Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust

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Beware of her fair hair, for she excels All women in the magic of her locks; And when she winds them round a young man's neck, She will not ever set him free again.

Hair Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Scenes from Faust (sc. The Hartz Mountain, l. 335), (Shelley's translation)

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The sea is flowing ever, The land retains it never.

Ocean Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Hikmet Nameh--Book of Proverbs

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Divide and command, a wise maxim; Unite and guide, a better. [Ger., Entzwei' und gebiete! Tuchtig Wort, Verein' und leite! Bess'rer Hort.]

Unity Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Spruche in Reimen (l. 516)

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But what is your duty? What the day demands. [Ger., Was aber ist deine Pflicht? Die Forderung des Tages.]

Duty Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Spruche in Prosa (III, 151)

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There was a king of Thule, Was faithful till the grave, To whom his mistress dying, A golden goblet gave. [Ger., Es war ein Konig in Tule Gar treu bis an das Grab, Dem sterbend seine Buhle Einen gold'nen Becher gab.]

Royalty Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust--The King of Thule, (Bayard Taylor's translation)

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A noble soul alone can noble souls attract; And knows alone, as ye, to hold them. [Ger., Ein edler Mensch zieht edle Menschen an, Und weiss sie fest zu halten, wie ihr thut.]

Nobility Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Torquato Tasso (I, 1, 59)

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Neither art thou the man to catch the fiend and hold him! [Ger., Du bist noch nicht der Mann den Teufel festzuhalten.]

Power Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 3, 336)

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Power is neither male nor female.

Power Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 3, 336)

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