The credit of advancing science has always been due to individuals and never to the age.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To make a young couple love each other, it is only necessary to oppose and separate them.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
You don't have to travel around the world to understand that the sky is blue everywhere
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Man is not born to solve the problem of the universe, but to find out what he has to do; and to restrain himself within the limits of his comprehension.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Love can do much, but duty more.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Let no one be ashamed to say yes today if yesterday he said no. Or to say no today if yesterday he said yes. For that is life. Never to have changed-what a pitiable thing of which to boast!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Whatever necessity lays upon thee, endure; whatever she commands, do.
Johann Wolfgang von 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 them.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To blow is not to play on the flute; you must move the fingers.[Ger., Blasen ist nicht floten, ihr musst die Finger bewegen.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
And future deeds crowded round us as the countless stars in the night.[Ger., Und kunftige Thaten drangen wie die SterneRings um uns her unzahlig aus der Nacht.]