Quotes by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Mere curiosity adds wings to every step.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is a politeness of the heart; this is closely allied to love.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Few people have the imagination for reality.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Our passions are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Mastery passes often for egotism.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Habit is a man’s sole comfort. We dislike doing without even unpleasant things to which we have become accustomed.
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Treat a man as he is, he will remain so. Treat a man the way he can be and ought to be, and he will become as he can be and should be.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

‘Know thyself?’ If I knew myself, I’d run away.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I will not be as those who spend the day in complaining of headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who moves not forward, goes backward.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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