The world of reason is to be regarded as a great and immortal being, who ceaselessly works out what is necessary, and so makes himself lord also over what is accidental.
Age childish makes, they say, but 'tis not true;We're only genuine children still in Age's season.[Ger., Das Alter macht nicht kindisch, wie man spricht,Es findet uns nur noch als wahre Kinder.]
A vain man can never be utterly ruthless: he wants to win applause and therefore he accommodates himself to others
One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
Noble be man,Helpful and good!For that aloneSets him apartFrom every other creatureOn earth.
For I have been a man, and that means to have been a fighter.
The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.
The flowers of life are but illusions. How many fade away and leave no trace.
If I love you, what business is it of yours? Johann Wolfgang von Go
He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
Beauty is a primeval phenomenon, which itself never makes its appearance, but the reflection of which is visible in a thousand different utterances of the creative mind, and is as various as nature herself.
Sowing is not as difficult as reaping.
Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes. Johann Wolfgang von Goeth
We don't get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like.
Superstition is the poesy of practical life; hence, a poet is none the worse for being superstitious.
There is nothing in the world more pitiable than an irresolute man, oscillating between two feelings, who would willingly unite the two and who does not perceive that nothing can unite them
A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.
One glance, one word from you gives more pleasure than all the wisdom of this world.
A life without love, without the presence of the beloved, is nothing but a mere magic-lantern show. We draw out slide after slide, swiftly tiring of each, and pushing it back to make haste for the next.
Take life too seriously, and what is it worth? If the morning wake us to no new joys, if the evening bring us not the hope of new pleasure, is it worthwhile to dress and undress?
Freedom consists not in refusing to recognize anything above us, but in respecting something which is above us; for by respecting it, we raise ourselves to it, and, by our very acknowledgment, prove that we bear within ourselves what is higher, and are worthy to be on a level with it.
They teach in academies far too many things, and far too much that is useless.
One cannot develop taste from what is of average quality but only from the very best.
Every beginning is cheerful.
Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.
People do not mind their faults being spread out before them, but they become impatient if called on to give them up.
The older we get the more we must limit ourselves if we wish to be active.
Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune's always here.
I consider him of no account who esteems himself just as the popular breath may chance to raise him.