Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
German writer, artist, natural scientist and politician (1749–1832)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, and critic. His works include plays, poetry, literature, and aesthetic criticism as well as treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour. He is widely regarded as the greatest and most influential writer in the German language, his work having a profound and wide-ranging influence on Western literary, political and philosophical thought from the late 18th century to the present day.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Quotes Page 20
Deny yourself! You must deny yourself! That is the song that never ends.
A man's name is not like a mantle which merely hangs about him, and which one perchance may safely twitch and pull, but a perfectly fitting garment, which, like the skin, has grown over him, at which one cannot rake and scrape without injuring the man himself.
This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
Truth is a torch but a tremendous one. That is why we hurry past it, shielding our eyes, indeed, in fear of getting burned.
When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
I sometimes wonder whether our planet is the asylum of the universe for disordered minds.
The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.
No one feels himself easy in a garden which does not look like the open country.
Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.
Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.
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