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219 Famous Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
8/28/1749 - 3/22/1832
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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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Water its living strength first shows, When obstacles its course oppose.

Water Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Source: God, Soul, and World--Rhymed Distichs

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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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Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.

Laughter 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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No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood 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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Nature is beneficent. I praise her and all her works. She is silent and wise. She is cunning, but for good ends. She has brought me here and will also lead me away. She may scold me, but she will not hate her work. I trust her.

Cunning Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Deny yourself! You must deny yourself! That is the song that never ends.

Denial Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.

Enjoyment Quotes, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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