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“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything."

(Letter to A.F. Oeser, Nov. 9, 1768)”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Early and Miscellaneous Letters of J. W. Goethe: Including Letters to His Mother. With Notes and a Short Biography
“Nothing is worth more than this day.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. ”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Everything is hard before it is easy”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Who are you then?"
"I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part
“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Maxims and Reflections
“We are our own devils; we drive ourselves out of our Edens.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“You can’t, if you can’t feel it, if it never
Rises from the soul, and sways
The heart of every single hearer,
With deepest power, in simple ways.
You’ll sit forever, gluing things together,
Cooking up a stew from other’s scraps,
Blowing on a miserable fire,
Made from your heap of dying ash.
Let apes and children praise your art,
If their admiration’s to your taste,
But you’ll never speak from heart to heart,
Unless it rises up from your heart’s space.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part
“Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“I am proud of my heart alone, it is the sole source of everything, all our strength, happiness and misery. All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther
“This is the true measure of love: when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will ever love in the same way after us.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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“At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“People who think honestly and deeply have a hostile attitude towards the public.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Sometimes I don't understand how another can love her, is allowed to love her, since I love her so completely myself, so intensely, so fully, grasp nothing, know nothing, have nothing but her!”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther
“There is strong shadow where there is much light.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Götz von Berlichingen
“If you don't feel it, you'll never get it.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, until they take root in our personal experience.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Talent develops in solitude, character develops in the stream of life.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“No one is willing to believe that adults too, like children, wander about this earth in a daze and, like children, do not know where they come from or where they are going, act as rarely as they do according to genuine motives, and are as thoroughly governed as they are by biscuits and cake and the rod.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther


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