A person hears only what they understand.
A man is not little when he finds it difficult to cope with circumstances, but when circumstances overmaster him.
The philosophers must station themselves in the middle.
Love does not dominate; it cultivates.
A well-bred carriage is difficult to imitate; for in strictness it is negative, and it implies a long-continued previous training.
Belief is not the beginning of knowledge - it is the end.
First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
Since I have heard often enough that everyone in the end has his own religion, nothing seemed more natural to me than to fashion my own.
Reason can never be popular. Passions and feelings may become popular, but reason will always remain the sole property of a few eminent individuals.
Originality provokes originality.
Superstition is rooted in a much deeper and more sensitive layer of the psyche than skepticism.
Tis Lilith.Who?Adam's first wife is she.Beware the lure within her lovely tresses,The splendid sole adornment of her hair;When she succeeds therewith a youth to snare,Not soon again she frees him from her jesses.
If we are out of synch with ourselves, everything is out of synch for us.
I had rather be Mercury, the smallest among seven [planets], revolving round the sun, than the first among five [moons] revolving round Saturn.
I am certain that I have been here as I am now a thousand times before, and I hope to return a thousand times.
Without haste! without rest! Bind the motto to thy breast! Bear it with thee as a spell; Storm or sunshine , guard it well.
I will say with Lorenzo de Medici that those who do not hope for another life are always dead to this one.
Where the light is brightest, the shadows are deepest.
What have the Germans gained by their boasted freedom of the press, except the liberty of abusing each other as they like?
Voluntary dependence is the wonderful form of existence, and how could that be possible without love?
Pity on the person who has become accustomed to seeing in necessity something arbitrary, who ascribes to the arbitrary some sort of reason, and even claims that following that sort of reason has religious value.
He loves not who does not see the faults of the beloved as virtues.
Everything great and intelligent is in the minority
Whatever is the lot of humankind I want to taste within my deepest self. I want to seize the highest and the lowest, to load its woe and bliss upon my breast, and thus expand my single self titanically and in the end go down with all the rest.
A vain man can never be altogether rude. Desirous as he is of pleasing, he fashions his manners after those of others.
I have often reaped what others have sowed. My work is the work of a collective being that bears the name Goethe.
Artists have a double relationship towards nature: they are her master and her slave at the same time. They are her slave in so far as they must work with means of this world so as to be understood; her master in so far as they subject these means to their higher goals and make them subservient to t
Riches amassed in haste will diminish; but those collected by hand and little by little will multiply.
I believe in God and in nature and in the triumph of good over evil.
There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables.