|Born||August 28, 1749|
|Died||March 22, 1832|
The repository contains 20 quotes from Goethe.
Treat a man as if he were what he ought to be and you help him become what he is capable of being.
He only earns his freedom and existence who daily conquers them anew.
Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.
We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
Man errs as long as he strives.
Yet here I stand poor fool what more, not one wit wiser than before.
Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.
Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.
No one would talk much in society if he knew how often he misunderstands others.
A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
When an idea is wanting, a word can always be found to take its place.
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
Life is the childhood of our immortality.
For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.
Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.
Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.
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.
The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation; the two keep pace in their downward tendency.