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219 Famous Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
8/28/1749 - 3/22/1832
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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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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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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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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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