Best quotes by the German Writer Johann von Goethe

Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.
  • Feelings

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

What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
  • action

Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything.
  • Motivational



He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.
  • Enjoyment

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
  • Self

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
  • Actions

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image
  • Manners

Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
  • Character

Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.
  • Life

He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.
  • Ego

Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away.
  • Identity

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
  • Dreams

Those that are firm in their will mold the world to themselves.
  • Will

The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.
  • Respect

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

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
  • Ability

If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.
  • Belief

Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.
  • Ability

In the end we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply.
  • Learning

The senses do not deceive us, but the judgment does.
  • Senses

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

People of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.
  • Eccentric

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
  • Emotions

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
  • Insanity

What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.
  • Purpose

A judge who cannot punish, in the end associates themselves with the criminal.
  • Justice

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
  • Success

A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
  • Talent

The man of understanding finds everything laughable.
  • Understanding


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Johann von Goethe happiness quotes

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Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.
  • Happiness

The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.
  • Happiness

What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner.
  • Happiness

The man who is born with a talent which he was meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it.
  • Happiness

The highest happiness of man is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.
  • Happiness

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
  • Happiness

A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.
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Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
  • Actions

How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never; but only through action. Strive to do thy duty; then you shall know what is in thee.
  • Actions

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
  • Actions

Before you can do something you must first be something.
  • Actions

The deed is everything, the glory is naught.
  • Actions

Then indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
  • Actions

When all is said the greatest action is to limit and isolate one's self.
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Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
  • Character

Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
  • Character

Character develops itself in the stream of life.
  • Character

Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.
  • Character

The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.
  • Character

Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.
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Johann von Goethe love quotes

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If I love you, what business is it of yours?
  • Love

We are shaped and fashioned by what whom we love.
  • Love

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
  • Love

That is the true season of love; when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved as much before, and that no one will ever love in the same way again.
  • Love

I do not now begin,--I still adore Her whom I early cherish'd in my breast; Then once again with prudence dispossess'd, And to whose heart I'm driven back once more. The love of Petrarch, that all-glorious love, Was unrequited, and, alas, full sad...
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Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.
  • Life

What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
  • Life

Life is the childhood of our immortality.
  • Life

Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor.Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
  • Life

There are nine requisites for contented living: HEALTH enough to make work a pleasure; WEALTH enough to support your needs; STRENGTH enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them; GRACE enough to confess your sins and overcome them; PATIENCE enough to toil until some good is accomplished; CHARITY enough to see some good in your neighbor; LOVE enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others; FAITH enough to make real the things of God; HOPE enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
  • Life

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Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach
  • Present

Personality is everything in art and poetry.
  • Art

Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
  • Growth

There is repetition everywhere, and nothing is found only once in the world.
  • Simplicity



One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.
  • Time

Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?
  • Honesty

Everywhere, we learn only from those whom we love.
  • Learning

What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
  • Life

Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
  • Words

Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.
  • Challenges

You accuse a woman of wavering affections, but don't blame her; she is just looking for a consistent man.
  • Consistency

The coward threatens when he is safe.
  • CowardiceWeakness

Girls we love for what they are; men for what they promise to be.
  • Men

Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.
  • Secrets

The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.
  • Challenges

Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
  • Character

Common sense is the genius of humanity.
  • Coffee

It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.
  • Fools

If I love you, what business is it of yours?
  • Love

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
  • Potential

Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life.
  • Talent

This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
  • Wisdom

Wisdom is found only in truth.
  • Wisdom

The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.
  • Absence

Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.
  • Coffee

Love can do much, but duty more.
  • Duty

They teach in academies far too many things, and far too much that is useless.
  • Education

Stupidity is without anxiety.
  • Ignorance

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
  • Ignorance

Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.
  • Beauty

Their is nothing so terrible as activity without insight.
  • Goals

One never goes further than when they do not know where they are going.
  • Goals

Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds.
  • Goodness

Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.
  • Happiness

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
  • Help

In all things it is better to hope than to despair.
  • Hope

One that does not think to highly of himself is more than he thinks.
  • Humility

What is not fully understood is not possessed.
  • Knowledge

When a wife has a good husband it is easily seen in her face.
  • Marriage

Out of moderation a pure happiness springs.
  • Moderation

The right man is the one that seizes the moment.
  • Opportunity

We usually lose today, because there has been a yesterday, and tomorrow is coming.
  • Present

Nothing is true, but that which is simple.
  • Simplicity

I do not speak of what I cannot praise.
  • Speeches

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
  • Trust

The really unhappy person is the one who leaves undone what they can do, and starts doing what they don't understand; no wonder they come to grief.
  • Ability

How shall we learn to know ourselves? By reflection? Never; but only through action. Strive to do thy duty; then you shall know what is in thee.
  • Actions

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

The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency.
  • Books

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

Character develops itself in the stream of life.
  • Character

No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.
  • Communication

To create something you must be something.
  • Creativity

A useless life is an early death.
  • Death

I will listen to anyone's convictions, but pray keep your doubts to yourself.
  • Doubt

Look closely at those who patronize you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.
  • Flattery

The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.
  • Happiness

What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner.
  • Happiness

The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.
  • HeroesHeroism

Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.
  • Hope

Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.
  • Identity

Never by reflection, but only by doing is self-knowledge possible to one.
  • Knowledge

The best fortune that can fall to a man is that which corrects his defects and makes up for his failings.
  • Mistakes

Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.
  • Perfection

Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.
  • Purpose

A great scholar is seldom a great philosopher.
  • Scholars

Seldom in the business and transactions of ordinary life, do we find the sympathy we want.
  • Sympathy

To understand one thing well is better than understanding many things by halves.
  • Talent

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity.
  • Actions

Before you can do something you must first be something.
  • Actions

The deed is everything, the glory is naught.
  • Actions

Then indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o'er lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
  • Actions

When all is said the greatest action is to limit and isolate one's self.
  • Actions

God could cause us considerable embarrassment by revealing all the secrets of nature to us: we should not know what to do for sheer apathy and boredom.
  • Apathy

If any man wishes to write a clear style, let him first be clear in his thoughts.
  • Authors

He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line.
  • Authors

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.
  • Beauty

Human beings, by change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
  • Change

No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.
  • Competition

Oh how sweet it is to hear one's own convictions from another's lips.
  • Conviction

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
  • Effort

The destiny of any nation at any given time depends on the opinion of its young people, those under twenty-five.
  • Fate

A distracted existence leads us to no goal.
  • Goals

Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.
  • Goals

The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.
  • Government

The man who is born with a talent which he was meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it.
  • Happiness

The highest happiness of man is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.
  • Happiness

The greater the knowledge, the greater the doubt.
  • Knowledge

Those who know nothing of foreign languages, knows nothing of their own.
  • Language

No one as ever completed their apprenticeship.
  • Learning

Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.
  • Mistakes

Who is sure of their own motives can in confidence advance or retreat.
  • Motivational

Our passion are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes.
  • Passion

We can always redeem the man who aspires and strives.
  • Persistence

The philosopher must station themselves in the middle.
  • Philosophy

Every man has enough power left to carry out that of which he is convinced.
  • Power

He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it.
  • Prejudice

If you want a wise answer, ask a reasonable question.
  • Questions

A person can stand almost anything except a succession of ordinary days.
  • Retirement

We can offer up much in the large, but to make sacrifices in little things is what we are seldom equal to.
  • Sacrifice

Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.
  • Thought

I don't know a greater advantage, than to appreciate the worth of an enemy.
  • War

The Woman-Soul leadeth us upward and on!
  • Women

Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.
  • Worth

We must not take the faults of our youth with us into old age, for age brings along its own defects.
  • Age

The older we get the more we must limit ourselves if we wish to be active.
  • Age

Art is long, life short, judgment difficult, opportunity transient.
  • Art

He is dead in this world who has no belief in another.
  • Belief

Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
  • Bravery

We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.
  • Children

There is no crime of which I do not deem myself capable.
  • Crime

Death is a commingling of eternity with time; in the death of a good man, eternity is seen looking through time.
  • Death

Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.
  • DeceptionLying

We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.
  • Doubt

If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.
  • Effort

Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued.
  • Excellence

It is only in misery that we recognize the hand of God leading good men to good.
  • Fate

The first and last thing required of genius is, love of the truth.
  • Genius

The unnatural, that too is natural.
  • Nature

Nature understands no jesting. She is always true, always serious, always severe. She is always right, and the errors are always those of man.
  • Nature


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