Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

A stated truth loses its grace, but a repeated error appears insipid and ridiculous.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Materials for the History of the Theory of Color, sect. 6, Newton's Personality (1810).
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So as to comprehend that the sky is blue everywhere one doesn't need to travel around the world.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).
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Ingratitude is always a sign of weakness. I have never observed that accomplished people were ungrateful.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, IV, 2 (1823).
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Gray, dear friend, is all theory, But green the golden tree of life.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Mephistopheles, in Faust I, second Study scene (1808).
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We must cling to the belief that the incomprehensible is comprehensible; otherwise we would not continue to search.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).
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There has been and always will be plenty of arguments about the usefulness and harm of the spreading of the Bible. In my view the Bible will continue to cause harm when used in a dogmatic and fantastic manner; it will do good when used for didactic purposes and with sensitivity.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, V, 3 (1826).
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Normally, people believe that, if they hear just words, that these words must lead to some thought.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Mephistopheles, in Faust I, Witch's Kitchen scene (1808).
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Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Wilhelm Meister's Travels, Reflections in the Spirit of the Travellers (1829).
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Love, whose power youth feels, is not suitable for the elderly, just as little as anything that presupposes productivity. It is rare that productivity lasts through the years.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Art and Antiquity, VI, 1 (1827).
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For precisely when concepts fail one, Words are found at the right time.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Mephistopheles in Faust I, from the scene, Study (1808).
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