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219 Famous Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
8/28/1749 - 3/22/1832
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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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Yet through delivery orators succeed, I feel that I am far behind indeed. [Ger., Allein der Vortrag macht des Redners Gluck, Ich fuhl es wohl noch bin ich weit zuruck.]

Oratory Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 1, 194)

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With little art, clear wit and sense Suggest their own delivery. [Ger., Es tragt Verstand und rechter Sinn, Mit wenig Kunst sich selber vor.]

Oratory Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 1, 198)

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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.

Happiness Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Distichs

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The highest happiness, the purest joys of life, wear out at last. [Ger., Das beste Gluck, des Lebens schonste Kraft Ermattet endlich.]

Happiness Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Iphigenia auf Tauris (IV, 5, 9)

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As all Nature's thousands changes But one changeless God proclaim; So in Art's wide kingdom ranges One sole meaning still the same: This is Truth, eternal Reason, Which from Beauty takes its dress, And serene through time and season Stands aye in loveliness.

Art Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Wilhelm Meister's Travels (ch. XIV)

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Thou shalt abstain, Renounce, refrain. [Ger., Entbehren sollst du! sollst entbehren.]

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

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With little wit and ease to suit them, They whirl in narrow circling trails, Like kittens playing with their tails. [Ger., Mit wenig Witz und viel Behagen Dreht jeder sich im engen Zirkeltanz Wie junge Katzen mit dem Schwanz.]

Wit Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 5, 94)

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Your messages I hear, but faith has not been given; The dearest child of Faith is Miracle [Ger., Die Botschaft hor' ich wohl, allein mir fehlt der Glaube; Das Wunder ist des Glaubens liebstes Kind.]

Faith Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 1, 413)

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No sacred fane requires us to submit to insult. [Ger., Kein Heiligthum heisst uns den Schimpf ertragen.]

Insult Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Torquato Tasso (III, 3, 191)

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For a strolling damsel a doubtful reputation bears. [Ger., Denn ein wanderndes Madchen ist immer von schwankendem Rufe.]

Reputation Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Hermann und Dorothea (VII, 93)

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I consider him of no account who esteems himself just as the popular breath may chance to raise him. [Ger., Ich halte nichts von dem, der von sich denkt Wie ihn das Volk vielleicht erheben mochte.]

Reputation Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Iphigenia auf Tauris (II, 1, 140)

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Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.

Reputation Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Iphigenia auf Tauris (II, 1, 140)

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Care is taken that trees do not grow into the sky. [Ger., Es ist dafur gesorgt, dass die Baume nicht in den Himmel wachsen.]

Trees Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Wahrheit und Dichtung (motto to pt. III)

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My peace is gone, my heart is heavy. [Ger., Meine Ruh ist hin, Mein Herz ist schwer.]

Heart Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 15)

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Only the heart without a stain knows perfect ease. [Ger., Ganz unbefleckt geniesst sich nur das Herz.]

Heart Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Iphigenia anf Tauris (IV, 4, 123)

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We are never deceived, we deceive ourselves. [Ger., Man wird betrogen, man betrugt sich selbst.]

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

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He who is firm in will molds the world to himself. [Ger., Aber wer fest auf dem Sinne beharrt, der bildet die Welt sich.]

Will Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Hermann und Dorothea (IX, 303)

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Architecture is frozen music. [Ger., Die Backunst ist eine erstarrte Musik.]

Architecture Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Conversation with Eckermann

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What dazzles, for the moment spends its spirit; What's genuine, shall posterity inherit. [Ger., Was glanzt ist fur den Augenblick geboren; Das Aechte bleibt der Nachwelt unverloren.]

Posterity Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust--Vorspiel auf dem Theater (l. 41)

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Too rigid scruples are concealed pride. [Ger., Zu strenge Ford'rung ist verborgner Stolz.]

Pride Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Iphigenia auf Tauris (IV, 4, 120)

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