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).
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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).
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By the artist's seizing any one object from nature, that object no longer is part of nature. One can go so far as to say that the artist creates the object in that very moment by emphasizing its significant, characteristic, and interesting aspects or, rather, by adding the higher values.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propylaea, introduction (1798).
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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).
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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).
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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).
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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).
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And as long as this is not part of you, This die and become, You are but a somber guest On this dark earth.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. repr. 1819. "Blessed Longing," West-East Divan, last stanza, bk. Of the Singer (1817).
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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.
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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).
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