Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


He only earns his freedom and his life who takes them every day by storm.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A clever man commits no minor blunders.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A collections of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A leaf that is destined to grow large is full of grooves and wrinkles at the start. Now if one has no patience and wants it smooth offhand like a willow leaf, there is trouble ahead.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A person hears only what they understand.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A purpose you impart is no longer your own.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A useless life is an early death.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Age merely shows what children we remain.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Alas! sorrow from happiness is oft evolved.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
All things are only transitory.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe