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219 Famous Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
8/28/1749 - 3/22/1832
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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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More light! [Ger., Mehr Licht!]

Light Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: said to be his last words

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Where there is much light, the shadows are deepest. [Ger., Wo viel Licht is, ist starker Schatten.]

Light Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Gotz von Berlichingen (I, 24)

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I am the Spirit that denies. [Ger., Ich bin der Geist stets verneint.]

Spirits Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 3, 163)

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There is nothing more fearful than imagination without taste. [Ger., Es ist nichts furchterlicher als Einbildungskraft ohne Geschmack.]

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

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Alas! sorrow from happiness is oft evolved. [Ger., Ach! aus dem Gluck entwickelt oft sich Schmerz.]

Sorrow Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Dei Naturliche Tochter (II, 3, 17)

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Who never ate his bread in sorrow, Who never spent the darksome hours Weeping, and watching for the morrow,-- He knows ye not, ye gloomy Powers. [Ger., Wer nie sein Brod mit Thranen ass, Wer nicht die kummervollen Nachte Auf seinem Bette weinend sass, Der kennt euch nicht, ihr himmlischen Machte.]

Sorrow Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Wilhelm Meister (bk. II, ch. XIII)

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There is nothing more frightful than an active ignorance. [Ger., Es ist nichts schrecklicher als eine thatige Unwissenheit.]

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

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The trouble is small, the fun is great. [Ger., Die Muh'ist klein, der Spass ist gross.]

Trouble Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 21, 218)

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No, no! The devil is an egotist, And is not apt, without why or wherefore, "For God's sake," others to assist. [Ger., Nein, nein! Der Teufel ist ein Egoist Und thut nicht leicht um Gottes Willen, Was einem Andern nutzlich ist.]

Devil Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 4, 124)

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Culture which smooth the whole world licks, Also unto the devil sticks. [Ger., Auch die Kultur, die alle Welt beleckt, Hat auf den Teufel sich erstreckt.]

Devil Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Faust (I, 6, 160)

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In the twilight of morning to climb to the top of the mountain,-- Thee to salute, kindly star, earliest herald of day,-- And to await, with impatience, the gaze of the ruler of heaven.-- Youthful delight, oh, how oft lur'st thou me out in the night.

Twilight Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: Venetian Epigrams

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Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

Change Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

Dreams Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man almost nothing.

Education Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

Love Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Nature goes her own way and all that to us seems an exception is really according to order.

Nature Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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He who has a firm will molds the world to himself.

Will Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.

Age Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them.

Agreement Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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No one would talk much in society, if he knew how often he misunderstands others.

Communication Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The coward threatens when he is safe.

Cowards Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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