Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and statesman. His works include epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. 

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We are shaped and fashioned by those we love.

Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

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.

A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.

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

Live dangerously and you live right.

A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.

All intelligent thoughts have already been thought, what is necessary is only to try to think them again.

The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

Few people have the imagination for reality.

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

Girls we love for what they are, young men for what they promise to be.

Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.

Age merely shows what children we remain.

Mysteries are not necessarily miracles.

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

Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home.

One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.

The people who are absent are the ideal, those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.

Hatred is active and envy passive dislike, there is but one step from envy to hate.

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