Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von

German Poet, Dramatist, Natural Philosopher, Novelist, Courtier

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Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.

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

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.

Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure.
Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.

Whatever you cannot understand, you cannot possess.

What is my life if I am no longer useful to others.

What is important in life is life, and not the result of life.

We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.

We are never further from what we wish than when we believe that we have what we wished for

To the person with a firm purpose all men and things are servants.

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.

There is nothing insignificant in the world. It all depends on the point of view.

There is nothing in the world more shameful than establishing one's self on lies and fables.

The unnatural, that too is natural.

The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.

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

The coward only threatens when he is safe.

The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.

Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.

Precaution is better than cure.

Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.

No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.

Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.

Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.

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German Poet, Dramatist, Natural Philosopher, Novelist, Courtier