Those who have no hope for a future life are already dead for the present one.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The work of art may have a moral effect, but to demand moral purpose from the artist is to make him ruin his work.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I hold to faith in the divine love - which, so many years ago for a brief moment in a little corner of the earth, walked about as a man bearing the name of Jesus Christ - as the foundationon which alone my happiness rests.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is no greater consolation for mediocrity than that the genius is not immortal.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Human life runs its course in the metamorphosis between receiving and giving.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The words you've bandied are sufficient;'Tis deeds that I prefer to see.[Ger., Der Worte sind genug gewechselt,Lasst mich auch endlich Thaten sehn.]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
People are so constituted that everybody would rather undertake what they see others do, whether they have an aptitude for it or not.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Painting predicates what man wants to see, and what man ought to see, not what he ordinarily sees.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nothing tells more about the character of a man than the things he makes fun of.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is always a sign of an unproductive time when it concerns itself with petty and technical aspects [in philology], and likewiseit is a sign of an unproductive person to pursue such trifles.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It is sometimes essential for a husband and a wife to quarrel - they get to know each other better.