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

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image. 1

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Beloved brother, let us not forget that man can never get away from himself.[Ger., Lass uns, geliebter Bruder, nicht vergessen,Dass von sich selbst der Mensch nicht scheiden kann.]
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I always had an aversion to your apostles of freedom; each but sought for himself freedom to do what he liked.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days... What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We who didn't inherit political power nor are made to acquire riches like nothing better than that which expands and solidifies the power of the spirit.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
You acquire a language most readily in the country where it is spoken; you study mineralogy best among miners; and so with everything else.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Superstition is the poesy of practical life; hence, a poet is none the worse for being superstitious.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What is not started today is never finished tomorrow. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who only tastes his error will long dwell with it, will take delight in it as in a singular felicity; while he who drains it to the dregs will, if he be not crazy, find it to be what it is.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Is not the core of nature in the heart of man?