Johann W. Goethe (1749-1832) was a famous German poet, novelist, playwright and scientist who left an important mark on the Romantic movement of his time. Here is a compilation of some of his best Goethe phrases.
Goethe's best quotes
Maximum unhappiness, like maximum happiness, modifies the appearance of all things.
Man always believes himself to be more than he is, and he estimates himself less than he is worth.
Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.
It is really good to acquire, but it is much better to keep.
Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and putting thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
A noble example makes difficult actions easy.
We are modeled by what we love.
The most cruel revenge is the contempt of every possible revenge
No one knows what he does while acting correctly, but what is wrong one is always aware.
Man is made by his beliefs. As he believes, it is.
Love is an ideal thing; marriage, a real thing; the confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
There are only two lasting legacies that we can expect to give our children. One of them are roots, the other wings.
The worst thing that can happen to a man is to think badly of himself.
Whoever wants to be right and speaks alone will surely achieve his goal.
Sowing is not as difficult as harvest.
They could beget educated children if their parents were.
Who does good selflessly is always paid with usury.
What you cannot understand, you cannot possess.
There is nothing insignificant in the world. Everything depends on the point of view.
Character is formed in the stormy waves of the world.
The human mind is not limited to any limit.
We are all so limited, that we always think we are right.
Sins write history, good is silent.
The happiest man in the world is one who knows how to recognize the merits of others and can rejoice in the good of others as if he were his own.
What you have inherited from your parents, return to win freehand or it will not be yours.
The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.
The magic is to believe in yourself, if you can do that, you can do anything.
All things are only transitory.
If the morning does not reveal us for new joys and if there is no hope at night, is it worth dressing and undressing?
The man who feels fear without danger invents the danger to justify his fear.
A great sacrifice is easy; those that are difficult are the continuous small sacrifices.
The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.
The behavior is the mirror in which each one shows his image.
A useless life is an early death.
If youth is a defect, one corrects itself very soon.
Madness, sometimes, is nothing other than reason presented in a different way.
No one is more slave than one who is considered free without being.
Man only knows himself by action.
Everything is supported in life, with the exception of many days of continuous happiness.
If men, once they have found the truth, did not twist it again, I would be satisfied.
You are, after all, what you are. Even if you wear a wig with thousands of curls, even if you wear high-heeled heels, you will remain what you are.
Not even the greatest genius would go far if he had to get everything out of his own interior.
A person hears only what he understands.
A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
Genius is a gathering of forces of nature.
No one has ever learned to know himself.
What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.
What has not started today never ends tomorrow.
It is preached against many vices, but I do not know of anyone who has preached against a bad mood.
Some defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.
The best government is the one that teaches us to govern ourselves.
Thinking is easy; act, difficult; Transforming thoughts into acts is the most difficult.
Travel abroad and you will realize how wonderful things you have at home.
Nothing is more terrible than seeing ignorance in action.
For two to love each other, just separate them.
It is happy, whether king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
Nature and art seem to shy away, but they meet sooner than they think.
One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only by loneliness.
When I have been working all day, a good sunset meets me.
He who does not think much about himself is much more appreciated than he imagines.
The law is powerful, but the need is more powerful.
In the field of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm, in the real world everything relies on perseverance.
There is a tendency to put words where ideas are missing.
Nothing is worth more than today.
A sensible word atrophies in a hard ear.
Joy and love are the wings for great promises.
Common sense is the genius of humanity.
If you want to live happily, don't worry about the past.
Do not dream little dreams, because they have no power to move the heart of man.
War, commerce and piracy are an inseparable trinity.
Everyone wants to be someone; No one wants to grow up.
Every spoken word awakens a contrary idea.
Don't give in to feelings too much. An overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this unstable earth.
We are never further from what we want than when we believe we have what we want.
Wisdom is found only in truth.
If you want to know a man's mind, listen to his words.
Every day we should listen to at least one little song, read a good poem, see an exquisite image, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.
Hope is the second soul of the unfortunate.
We all need it when we lack ourselves.
Talent draws on loneliness; character is formed in the stormy waves of the world.
Caution is better than cure.
If you treat an individual as if he were what he should be and could be, he will become what he should be and could be.
There is nothing as terrible as activity without vision.
The man deaf to the voice of poetry is a barbarian.
The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man almost nothing.
Knowing is not enough; We must apply. Wanting is not enough; we have to do.
All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; The necessary thing is to try to think again.
To create something you must be something.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Beauty is a manifestation of the secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.
Being bright is not a great feat if you don't respect anything.
Let everyone bar in front of their own door, and everyone will be clean.
The soul that sees beauty can sometimes walk alone.
Many people do not take care of their money until it is near its end, and others do the same with their time.
Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.
The little man is still a man.
Love and desire are the wings of the spirit for great feats.
Wood burns because it has the proper matter in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the right abilities in him.
What matters most should never be at the mercy of what matters less.
It is in self-limitation that a teacher first shows himself.
And so I continue running after this vague shadow, until it leads me to the edge of the abyss, where I stop in horror.
Mysteries are not necessarily miracles.
When one is young, one is sure to be able to build palaces for humanity, but, when the time comes, one has the hands available only to be able to take out their garbage.
The person born with a talent that is destined to use, will find his greatest happiness in its use.
A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.
Many men are never wrong because they do not propose anything reasonable.
The coward only threatens when he is safe.
The correction does a lot, but the stimulus does more.
The man with enough vision to admit his limitations is closer to perfection.
Love does not dominate; cultivate
The error is acceptable while we are young; but you don't have to drag him into old age.
Every theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life always sprouts green.
It is not doing what we like to do, but like what we have to do, what a blessed life does.
What we do has consequences. But not always the just and reasonable produce happy consequences, nor the absurd unfavorable consequences, but the opposite often happens.
Nothing should be ranked higher than the value of the day.
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
I love those who crave the impossible.
He who has art and science has religion. He who does not possess them needs religion.
Letters are among the most significant memories that a person can leave behind.
Know yourself? If he knew me, he would run away.
Love can do a lot, but more duty.
Lazy people always talk about what they plan to do, what they will do; Those who really do something don't have time to talk or what they do.
Although the must ferment unpredictably, in the end you will have to give wine.
Only through joy and pain does a person learn something about himself and his destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.
Take advantage of the time that flies so quickly, order will teach you to save time.
Happy is he who recognizes in time that his wishes do not go according to his faculties.
Science emerged from poetry ... when times change, the two can meet again at a higher level as friends.
We know precisely only when we know little, because with knowledge grows doubt.
A person places himself at the height of those he praises.
Evil is only in your mind and not in the external. The pure mind always sees only the good in each thing, but the bad is responsible for inventing evil.
We must renounce our existence to truly exist.
Destiny grants us our desires, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our desires.
Few people have the imagination for reality.
In this life there are few moments that are resolved with a yes or a no.
We do not have to visit a mental hospital to find mental disorders; Our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
Self knowledge comes from knowing others.
We all have more than enough time, if we knew how to take advantage of it.
A great talent finds happiness in execution.
Go to foreign countries and you will know the good things you have at home.
Life belongs to the living, and the one who lives must be prepared for changes.