Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

No two people see the world exactly alike, and different temperaments will often apply the same principle, recognized by both, differently. Even one and the same person won't always maintain the same views and judgments: earlier convictions must give way to later ones.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propylaea, introduction (1798).
What you desire when young, you have in abundance when old.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Autobiography. Poetry and Truth, motto of the second part (1814).
That is the way of youth and life in general: that we do not understand the strategy until after the campaign is over.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Autobiography. Poetry and Truth, part IV, bk. 20 (posthumous).
The true, prescriptive artist strives after artistic truth; the lawless artist, who follows blind instinct, strives to duplicate the reality of nature. The first one elevates art to its highest peak; the second one lowers it to its basest level.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propylaea, introduction (1798).
Our wishes are presentiments of the abilities that lie in us, harbingers of what we will be able to accomplish.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Autobiography. Poetry and Truth. part II, bk. 9 (1814).
If you are convinced of a matter, you must take sides or you don't deserve to succeed.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propylaea, introduction (1798).
The true, prescriptive artist strives after artistic truth; the lawless artist, following blind instinct, after an appearance of naturalness. The one leads to the highest peaks of art, the other to its lowest depths.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propyläen, introduction (1798). A periodical founded by Goethe, taking its title from the gateway to the Acropolis of Athens.
One can't dull a project better than by discussing it repeatedly.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Charlotte, in Elective Affinities, bk. I, ch. 2 (1809).
He who has a task to perform must know how to take sides, or he is quite unworthy of it.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propyläen, introduction (1798). This periodical, founded by Goethe, took its title from the gateway to the Acropolis of Athens.
One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is when we see its separate forms jumbled together.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propyläen, introduction (1798). A periodical founded by Goethe which took its title from the gateway to the Acropolis of Athens.