Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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.
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The Woman-Soul leadeth us Upward and on!
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Chorus Mysticus, in Faust, pt. 2, act 5, sc. 7 (1832), trans. by Bayard Taylor (1870-1871). Last words of play.
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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.
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The eternal feminine draws us up.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Chorus Mysticus in Faust II, Act 5, Mountain Gorges (1832).
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No two men see the world exactly alike, and different temperaments will apply in different ways a principle that they both acknowledge. The same man will, indeed, often see and judge the same things differently on different occasions: early convictions must give way to more mature ones. Nevertheless, may not the opinions that a man holds and expresses withstand all trials, if he only remains true to himself and others?
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Propyläen, introduction (1798). A periodical founded by Goethe that took its title from the gateway to the Acropolis of Athens.
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National literature does not mean much these days; now is the age of world literature, and every one must contribute to hasten the arrival of that age.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (January 1, 1827).
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Man ... knows only when he is satisfied and when he suffers, and only his sufferings and his satisfactions instruct him concerning himself, teach him what to seek and what to avoid. For the rest, man is a confused creature; he knows not whence he comes or whither he goes, he knows little of the world, and above all, he knows little of himself.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Quoted in Conversations with Goethe, entry, April 10, 1829, Johann Peter Eckermann (1836).
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It is after all the greatest art to limit and isolate oneself.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (April 20, 1825).
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Man ... knows only when he is satisfied and when he suffers, and only his sufferings and his satisfactions instruct him concerning himself, teach him what to seek and what to avoid. For the rest, man is a confused creature; he knows not whence he comes or whither he goes, he knows little of the world, and above all, he knows little of himself.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Quoted in Conversations with Goethe, entry, April 10, 1829, Johann Peter Eckermann (1836).
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There is nothing outside of us that is not at the same time in us, and as the external world has its colors the eye, too, has colors.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (February 1, 1827).
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