Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

  • ''Only that type of story deserves to be called moral that shows us that one has the power within oneself to act, out of the conviction that there is something better, even against one's own inclination.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. The cleric, in Conversations of German Emigrants (1795).
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  • ''One usually thinks people to be more dangerous than they are.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elective Affinities, bk. II, ch. 6, from Ottilie's Diary (1809).
  • ''Certain faults are necessary for the existence of the individual. We would resent it if old friends were to get rid of certain peculiarities.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elective Affinities, bk. II, ch. 4, from Ottilie's Diary (1809).
  • ''There is no way to face the great advantages of another person than through love.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elective Affinities, bk. II, ch. 5, from Ottilie's Diary (1809).
  • ''Are we not also married to conscience which we would love to get rid of often enough since it is more bothersome than a man or a woman ever could become?''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. the marriage counselor, in Elective Affinities, bk. I, ch. 9 (1809).
  • ''Hatred is partial, but love is still more so.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elective Affinities, bk. I, ch. 13 (1809).
  • ''One is never satisfied with a portrait of persons whom one knows. That is why I have always pitied portraitists. One demands so seldom of others the impossible, but demands just that of the portraitists.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elective Affinities, bk. II, ch. 2, from Ottilie's Diary (1809).
  • ''And we went our separate ways without having understood each other. As in this world nobody understands the other easily.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. The Sorrow of Young Werther, first book, August 12 (1774).
  • ''If one mistreats citizens of foreign countries, one infringes upon one's duty toward one's own subjects; for thus one exposes them to the law of retribution.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Elisabeth, in Götz von Berlichingen, act I, Götz's castle (1771).
  • ''If we are out of synch with ourselves, everything is out of synch for us.''
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. The Sorrows of Young Werther, bk. I, August 22 (1774).

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Best Poem of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Erl-King

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WHO rides there so late through the night dark and drear?
The father it is, with his infant so dear;
He holdeth the boy tightly clasp'd in his arm,
He holdeth him safely, he keepeth him warm.

"My son, wherefore seek'st thou thy face thus to hide?"
"Look, father, the Erl-King is close by our side!
Dost see not the Erl-King, with crown and with train?"
"My son, 'tis the mist rising over the plain."

"Oh, come, thou dear infant! oh come thou with me!
Full many a game I will play there with thee;
On my strand, lovely flowers their blossoms unfold,
My ...

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Night Thoughts

OH, unhappy stars! your fate I mourn,

Ye by whom the sea-toss'd sailor's lighted,
Who with radiant beams the heav'ns adorn,

But by gods and men are unrequited:
For ye love not,--ne'er have learnt to love!
Ceaselessly in endless dance ye move,
In the spacious sky your charms displaying,

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