Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Johann Wolfgang Goethe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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

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

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

A person hears only what they understand.

Few people have the imagination for reality.

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

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

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

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

Science arose from poetry… when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.

Deeply earnest and thoughtful people stand on shaky footing with the public.


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

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

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

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

Doubt grows with knowledge.

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

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

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.

Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.

Nothing is worth more than this day.

We don’t get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like.

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

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

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.

If you start to think of your physical and moral condition, you usually find that you are sick.


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