Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Goethe
Johann Goethe
Goethe.
BornAugust 28, 1749
Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
DiedMarch 22, 1832
Weimar, Germany
German poet, playwright, and novelist. Best known for Prometheus and Faust. Privy Counselor under Duke Carl August of Weimar.

The repository contains 20 quotes from Goethe.

Behavior

Treat a man as if he were what he ought to be and you help him become what he is capable of being.

Freedom

He only earns his freedom and existence who daily conquers them anew.

Adversity

Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.

Love

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.

Miscellaneous

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.

Success and Failure

Man errs as long as he strives.

Intelligence

Yet here I stand poor fool what more, not one wit wiser than before.

Right and Wrong

Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.

CharacterLifeTalent

Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.

People

No one would talk much in society if he knew how often he misunderstands others.

Character

A manís manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.

Quotations

When an idea is wanting, a word can always be found to take its place.

Knowledge

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

Life

Life is the childhood of our immortality.

AmbitionSelf

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.

Kindness

Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.

Literature

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.

MoneyTime

Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.

Intelligence

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.

Literature

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation; the two keep pace in their downward tendency.