It exasperated her to think that the dungeon in which she had languished for so many unhappy years had been unlocked all the time, and that the impulses she had so carefully struggled with and stifled for the sake of keeping well with society, were precisely those by which alone she could have come
The little that is completed, vanishes from the sight of one who looks forward to what is still to do.
First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.
Whoever gives himself up to solitude, Ah! he is soon alone.
First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
When we see the many grave-stones which have fallen in, which have been defaced by the footsteps of the congregation, which lie buried under the ruins of the churches, that have themselves crumbled together over them; we may fancy the life after death to be as a second life, into which man enters in
Neither a work of nature nor one of art we get to know when they have been finished; we must surprise them in the process of beingcreated so as to understand them to some degree.
It is not always needful for truth to take a definite shape; it is enough if it hovers about us like a spirit and produces harmony; if it is wafted through the air like the sound of a bell, grave and kindly.
Many young painters would never have taken their pencils in hand if they could have felt, known, and understood, early enough, what really produced a master like Raphael.
What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
Everything that we call Invention or Discovery in the higher sense of the word is the serious exercise and activity of an original feeling for truth, which, after a long course of silent cultivation, suddenly flashes out into fruitful knowledge.
National literature does not mean much these days; now is the age of world literature, and every one must contribute to hasten thearrival of that age.
Cursed Mammon be, when he with treasures To restless action spurs our fate! Cursed when for soft, indulgent leisures, He lays for us the pillows straight.
Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.
He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.
Still this planet's soil for noble deeds grants scope abounding.
In art it's not the thinking that does the job, but making.
Tolerance should really be only a temporary attitude; it must lead to recognition. To tolerate means to offend.
One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude. Johann Wolfgang von Go
Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.
What makes poetry? A full heart, brimful of one noble passion.