Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

This is a compilation of my favorite Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, and critic who was born on August 28, 1749 at the Goethe House in Frankfurt, Germany. Goethe is probably best known for his novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther and his playwright, Faust, which is basically a story about a young man who sells his soul to the devil.

Other popular plays written by Goethe are Egmont, Iphigenie auf Tauris, Torquato Tasso, The Natural Daughter, Clavigo and many more.

Here are some of the best Johann Wolfgang von Goethe quotes on life, death, love, knowledge, commitment, the universe, fraust and so much more:

Best Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

Best Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

1. Precaution is better than cure. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2. A person hears only what they understand. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

3. A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

4. The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

5. There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

6. Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

7. Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

8. You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

9. Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

10. To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.

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11. There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

12. Instruction does much, but encouragement everything. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

13. Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

14. None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

15. Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

16. There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

17. I have possessed that heart, that noble soul, in whose presence I seemed to be more than I really was, because I was all that I could be. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

18. One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

19. If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

20. The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

21. Nothing is worth more than this day.

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22. What is not started today is never finished tomorrow. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

23. The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

24. The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

25. He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

26. If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

27. Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

28. Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

29. The man with insight enough to admit his limitations comes nearest to perfection. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

30. All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes On Love

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes On Love

31. Love does not dominate; it cultivates. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

32. If I love you, what business is it of yours? -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

33. I love those who yearn for the impossible.

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34. Love and desire are the spirit’s wings to great deeds. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

35. I have so much in me, and the feeling for her absorbs it all; I have so much, and without her it all comes to nothing. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes On Death

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes On Death

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

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes On Life

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes On Life

37. Every step of life shows much caution is required. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

38. What is important in life is life, and not the result of life. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

39. If you’ve never eaten while crying you don t know what life tastes like. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

40. Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

41. Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

42. He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

43. Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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45. The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

46. Character develops itself in the stream of life. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

47. It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

48. This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

49. A life without love, without the presence of the beloved, is nothing but a mere magic-lantern show. We draw out slide after slide, swiftly tiring of each, and pushing it back to make haste for the next. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

50. The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

51. Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes On Knowledge

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes On Knowledge

52. Doubt grows with knowledge. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

53. By seeking and blundering we learn. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

54. Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

55. I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

56. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

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57. A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

58. Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

59. We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

60. All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

61. Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes About Commitment

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes About Commitment

62. At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes About Boldness

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes About Boldness

63. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes About Universe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes About Universe

64. We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

65. Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe, but to find out what he has to do; and to restrain himself within the limits of his comprehension. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

66. When a human awakens to a great dream and throws the full force of his soul over it, all the universe conspires in your favor.

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67. To have a positive religion is not necessary. To be in harmony with yourself and the universe is what counts, and this is possible without positive and specific formulation in words. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

68. If we examine every stage of our lives, we find that from our first breath to our last we are under the constraint of circumstances. And yet we still possess the greatest of all freedoms, the power of developing our innermost selves in harmony with the moral order of the universe, and so winning peace of heart whatever obstacles we meet. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Fraust Quotes

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Fraust Quotes

69. Everything transitory is but an image. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

70. I am not omniscient, but I know a lot. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

71. One mind is enough for a thousand hands. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

72. While Man’s desires and aspirations stir, He cannot choose but err. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

73. That which issues from the heart alone, Will bend the hearts of others to your own. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

74. Who are you then? I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

75. God help us — for art is long, and life so short.

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76. What I possess, seems far away to me, and what is gone becomes reality. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

77. I’ve often heard it said a preacher might learn with a comedian for a teacher. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

78. Faust: Who holds the devil, let him hold him well, He hardly will be caught a second time. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

79. Grant me one hour on love’s most sacred shores to clasp the bosom that my soul adores, Lie heart to heart and merge my soul with yours. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

80. I nothing had, and yet enough for youth–Joy in Illusion, ardent thirst for Truth. Give unrestrained, the old emotion, The bliss that touched the verge of pain, The strength of Hate, Love’s deep devotion,–O, give me back my youth again! -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

81. Wild dreams torment me as I lie. And though a god lives in my heart, though all my power waken at his word, though he can move my every inmost part – yet nothing in the outer world is stirred. thus by existence tortured and oppressed I crave for death, I long for rest. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

82. There are but two roads that lead to an important goal and to the doing of great things: strength and perseverance. Strength is the lot of but a few privileged men; but austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the smallest of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly greater with time. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe