Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?
He alone deserves liberty and life who daily must win them anew.
Create, artist, do not talk.
To know of someone here and there whom we accord with, who is living on with us, even in silence - - this makes our earthly ball a peopled garden.
The dignity of art probably appears most eminently with music since it does not have any material that needs to be discounted. Music is all form and content and elevates and ennobles everything that it expresses.
Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.
A phenomenon like Mozart remains an inexplicable thing.
Many hammer all over the wall and believe that with each blow they hit the nail on the head.
It is one of Heaven's best gifts to hold such a dear creature in one's arms.
For the butterfly, mating and propagation involve the sacrifice of life, for the human being, the sacrifice of beauty.
Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues.
All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.
The dear good people don't know how long it takes to learn to read. I've been at it eighty years, and can't say yet that I've reached the goal.
Beauty can never really understand itself.
Gifts come from above in their own peculiar forms.[Ger., Die GabenKommen von oben herab, in ihren eignen Gestalten.]
As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Truth must be repeated again and again, because error is constantly being preached round about.
That we understand something perfectly, that we accomplish something better than anyone else around us, that is what matters.
That which thy fathers have bequeathed to thee, earn it anew if thou wouldst possess it.
Where I cannot be moral, my power is gone.
Patriotism ruins history.
I come more and more to the conclusion that one must take the side of the minority which is always the more intelligent one.
Is not the core of nature in the heart of man?
When you praise someone you call yourself his equal.
Investigate what is, and not what pleases.
He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it.
Plunge boldly into the thick of life!
You can put up with everything in this world except not with a long stretch of beautiful days.
Instruction does much, but encouragement everything." (Letter to A.F. Oeser, Nov. 9, 1768)