Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

The one who acts is always without conscience; nobody has a conscience but the contemplative person.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, V, 1 (1824).
Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, V, 3 (1826).
We said that the history of mankind depicts man; in the same way one can maintain that the history of science is science itself.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. On the Theory of Color, preface (1810).
If you don't know foreign languages, you don't know anything about your own.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, III, 1 (1821).
Where there is plenty of light there is strong shadow.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Philine, in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, act I, Götz's castle (1771).
Translators can be considered as busy matchmakers who praise as extremely desirable a half-veiled beauty. They arouse an irresistible yearning for the original.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, V, 3 (1826).
What's it to you if I love you?
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Philine, in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship, bk. IV, ch. 9 (1795-1796).
More light! [Mehr Licht!]
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Attributed last words. According to Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, ed. Angela Partington (1992), Goethe's actual last words were: "Open the second shutter, so that more light can come in."
One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is the intermixing of different genres.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propylaea, introduction (1798).
To be sure, a good work of art can and will have moral consequences, but to demand of the artists moral intentions, means ruining their craft.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Autobiography. Poetry and Truth, part III, bk. 12 (1814).