Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Frankfurt am Main
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Frankfurt am Main

Quotes

11 November 2014
Very few people love others for what they are; rather, they love what they lend them, their own selves, their own idea of them.
11 November 2014
Reason looks at necessity as the basis of the world; reason is able to turn chance in your favor and use it. Only by having reason remain strong and unshakable can we be called a god of the earth.
11 November 2014
The world is for thousands a freak show; the images flicker past and vanish; the impressions remain flat and unconnected in the soul. Thus they are easily led by the opinions of others, are content to let their impressions be shuffled and rearranged and evaluated differently.
11 November 2014
Two souls, alas! reside within my breast.
11 November 2014
It is a maxim of wise government to treat people not as they should be but as they actually are.
11 November 2014
All of us, just because we are able to talk, also believe we are able to talk about language.
11 November 2014
We really learn only from those books that we cannot judge. The author of a book that we were able to judge would have to learn from us.
11 November 2014
A stated truth loses its grace, but a repeated error appears insipid and ridiculous.
11 November 2014
If we take people only as they are, then we make them worse; if we treat them as if they were what they should be, then we bring them to where they can be brought.
11 November 2014
Where there is plenty of light there is strong shadow.

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