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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, originally uploaded by joaobambu.




A collections of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions.






A clever man commits no minor blunders.

A correct answer is like an affectionate kiss.

A creation of importance can only be produced when its author isolates himself, it is a child of solitude.

A leaf that is destined to grow large is full of grooves and wrinkles at the start. Now if one has no patience and wants it smooth offhand like a willow leaf, there is trouble ahead.

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.

A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.

A person hears only what they understand.

A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.

A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise.

A purpose you impart is no longer your own.

A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.

A useless life is an early death.


Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.

Age merely shows what children we remain.

Alas! sorrow from happiness is oft evolved.

All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.

All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.
All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.

Be above it! Make the world serve your purpose, but do not serve it.

Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.

Certain flaws are necessary for the whole. It would seem strange if old friends lacked certain quirks.

Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.

Common sense is the genius of humanity.

Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done.


All things are only transitory.

Divide and rule, the politician cries; unite and lead, is watchword of the wise.

Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days... What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.

Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.

Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill.

Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens.

What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.

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