Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

One must be something in order to do something.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (October 20, 1828).
We are pantheists as natural scientists, polytheists as poets, and monotheists as moral beings.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
Mannerism always wants to be finished and doesn't enjoy the process. Genuine, truly great talent, however, finds its greatest satisfaction in the production.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (February 28, 1824).
The force of a language does not consist of rejecting what is foreign but of swallowing it.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
No matter what one says, you can recognize only those matters that are equal to you. Only rulers who possess extraordinary abilities will recognize and esteem properly extraordinary abilities in their subjects and servants.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (March 11, 1828).
The errors of the observer come from the qualities of the human mind.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).