Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

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At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.

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Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.

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Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.

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We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.

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Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.

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The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, power and grace.

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There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.

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One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.

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A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.

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If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.

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Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

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Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.

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The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred...unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

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Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

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Hell begins the day that God grants you the vision to see all that you could have done, should have done, and would have done, but did not do.

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Everything is hard before it is easy.

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Our friends show us what we can do; our enemies teach us what we must do.

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He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

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Nothing is more disgusting than the majority: because it consists of a few powerful predecessors, of rogues who adapt themselves, of weak who assimilate themselves, and the masses who imitate without knowing at all what they want.

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None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

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Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and the we'll need no other light.

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Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach.

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The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.

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Why look for conspiracy when stupidity can explain so much

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If you want someone to develop a specific trait, treat them as though they already had it.

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A useless life is an early death.

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Nothing is worse than active ignorance.

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Yet through delivery orators succeed, I feel that I am far behind indeed.

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With little art, clear wit and sense Suggest their own delivery.

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A person hears only what they understand.

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People who think honestly and deeply have a hostile attitude towards the public.

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Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.

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What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

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There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

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If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.

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The best slave is the one who thinks he is free.

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The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.

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Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.

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Ingratitude is always a kind of weakness. I have never known men of ability to be ungrateful.

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Lord Byron is only great as a poet; as soon as he reflects he is a child.

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We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.

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One is never deceived; one deceives oneself.

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Wisdom is found only in truth.

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Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.

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To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods.

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The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.

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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love

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As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

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Our passions are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes.

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