Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832 / Frankfurt am Main)

Quotations

  • ''I never knew a more presumptuous person than myself. The fact that I say that shows that what I say is true.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
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  • ''Artists have a double relationship towards nature: they are her master and her slave at the same time. They are her slave in so far as they must work with means of this world so as to be understood; her master in so far as they subject these means to their higher goals and make them subservient to them.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (April 18, 1827).
  • ''The day is for mistake and error, sequence of time for success and carrying out. The one who anticipates is master of the day.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • ''Even though the world as a whole progresses, youth must always start again from the beginning, and as individuals go through the epochs of the world's culture.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (January 17, 1827).
  • ''I curse all negative purism that tells me not to use a word from another language that either expresses something that my own language cannot or does that in a more delicate manner.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • ''It is always a sign of an unproductive time when it concerns itself with petty and technical aspects [in philology], and likewise it is a sign of an unproductive person to pursue such trifles.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (February 11, 1831).
  • ''The eye doesn't see any shapes, it sees only what is differentiated through light and dark or through colors.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • ''If youth is a fault, it is one that one gets rid of soon enough.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).
  • ''Sameness leaves us in peace but it is contradiction that makes us productive.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Conversations with Eckermann (March 28, 1827).
  • ''We cannot and must not get rid of nor deny our characteristics. But we can give them shape and direction.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Sayings in Prose (posthumous).

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