Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quote

A compilation of 40 wise Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German poet, playwright, writer, scientist, statesman, theater director, and critic who was born on August 28, 1749 and died on March 22, 1832.

He wrote plays, poetry, literature, and aesthetic criticism, as well as botany, anatomy, and color treatises. He is widely regarded as the finest and most important German writer.

From the late 18th century until the present, Goethe’s work had a significant and far-reaching effect on Western literary, political, and philosophical ideas.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

  1. “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

2. “Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.”

3. “Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.”

4. “A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.”

5. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

6. “Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”

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

8. “One always has time enough, if one will apply it well.”

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

10. “Correction does much, but encouragement does more.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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

12. “Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”

13. “The right man is the one who seizes the moment.”

14. “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”

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

16. “Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.”

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

18. “I love those who yearn for the impossible.”

19. “We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.”

20. “As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”

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21. “A useless life is an early death.”

22. “Wisdom is found only in truth.”

23. “Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.”

24. “What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”

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

26. “There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one’s self on lies and fables.”

27. “What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.”

28. “Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.”

29. “Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.”

30. “The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.”

 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes

31. “The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.”

32. “The human mind will not be confined to any limits.”

33. “Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.”

34. “He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.”

35. “Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.”

36. “Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.”

37. “One cannot develop taste from what is of average quality but only from the very best.”

38. “If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.”

39. “He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.”

40. “Error is acceptable as long as we are young; but one must not drag it along into old age.”

My favorite Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes are, “A useless life is an early death.” and “A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.”

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